GREENLAND MELTING, AMAZON BURNING LATEST SIGNS
From hurricanes to melting ice in Greenland, the large majority of Canadians believe that these situations are linked to human- and industrial- caused climate change, and it’s causing them to expect more policy action from governments according to a new poll conducted by Abacus Data with Clean Energy Canada.
“Climate change is no longer just an inconvenient truth—it’s an inconvenient experience for millions of Canadians. From the record-setting fires out west to the floods and heatwaves out east, we are experiencing the consequences of climate change firsthand. As demonstrated by these poll results, a strong majority of Canadians are connecting the dots between climate change and the catastrophic weather events they’re seeing on the news or increasingly experiencing in their own backyard.”
—Dan Woynillowicz, Policy Director, Clean Energy Canada
“Hurricane Dorian, the 4th Category 5 hurricane in the last two years, was not really on the horizon when this survey was completed. But Canadians were already broadly convinced that storms, floods, worrying warming in the North, fatal heatwaves in Europe and devastating fires in the Amazon are all part of a broad phenomenon that society should be doing more to arrest. There may be an active political debate about carbon pricing but there is a sweeping consensus that climate action should be a priority, as signs of Earth’s duress dominate the news.”
—Bruce Anderson, Chairman, Abacus Data
The survey was conducted online with 1,500 Canadian residents aged 18 and over, from August 23 to 28, 2019.
A random sample of panellist were invited to complete the survey from a set of partner panels based on the Lucid exchange platform. These partners are typically double opt-in survey panels, blended to manage out potential skews in the data from a single source.
The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is +/- 2.6%, 19 times out of 20. The data were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population according to age, gender, educational attainment, and region. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.
Dan Woynillowicz and Bruce Anderson are available for interviews.
Clean Energy Canada (cleanenergycanada.org) is a climate and energy think tank housed at the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. We work to accelerate our nation’s transition to a clean and renewable energy system.
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