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The 25,000-person survey from the research firm Elabe along with water, waste, and energy management company Veolia, was published this week. The survey participants lived in 25 different countries.
They found that in the United States, 80 percent of adults believe that climate change is taking place, with 60 percent saying they believe it is caused by humans. Survey participants came from all parts of the country and included 510 women and 490 men. Over half of the participants were between the ages of 18 and 49.
“The results tell us that Americans feel it is time to act, and that they are eager to address the challenges of Climate change with innovative solutions that preserve our precious resources,” said President and CEO of Veolia North American Frederic Van Heems.
55 percent of participants from the United States believed that humanity needs to change its “way of life, live more frugally and put in place technological solutions to reduce Climate change.” 52 percent did not think there was enough conversation in the public about solutions to Pollution and Climate change.
The study, at the same time, showed that there are still many who are skeptical about Climate change. It found that skepticism in the united states is higher than the global average. 14 percent of US adults did not believe the planet’s climate is changing or that anything should be done about it, compared to 9 percent globally.
Cutting your carbon footprint is the surest way to minimize the amount of warming greenhouse gas emissions entering the atmosphere. While you can do many little things like shutting off lights when you leave your house, choosing to walk instead of driving, and switching over to energy-efficient appliances – there is one simple action that often goes overlooked that has the highest positive impact: eating plant-based.
Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined. In addition, this industry occupies 45 percent of arable land, uses 23 percent of global freshwater resources, and is responsible for rampant deforestation, water drought, and air Pollution. By shifting away from meat and dairy products and choosing plant-based alternatives instead, you can help lower this rate of destruction. In just one year of eating plant-based, you can halve your carbon footprint – that’s pretty powerful!
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