UK public still hopeful for climate change solution

UK public still hopeful for climate change solution

Almost all (90%) of the UK believe that climate disruption is currently happening but 51% of us think we can still do something to solve it. 

A survey by the UK’s leading resource management company, Veolia, and research and consulting firm ELABE, has revealed that while 77% of British people think the risk of climate disruption is serious and immediate, only 11% think it’s too late to change course. 

Furthermore, 33% of UK respondents admitted they are worried about the future due to climate change. UK levels of eco-anxiety were reported to be higher than the rest of Europe (27%) and the global average (30%), but far lower than India with the most concerned citizens (58%).

Finally, three quarters (76%) of those surveyed thought that human activity was the main cause of climate change with two thirds (63%) convinced that financing the solutions to climate change would cost less than doing nothing and paying to clear up the effects.

Gavin Graveson, Veolia Senior Executive Vice President Northern Europe Zone said;

“It’s time for our world leaders to give a voice to the public’s climate concerns and back the solutions that will deliver ecological transformation. 

“We can’t ignore the climate disruption that has made 2022 one of the hottest years on record. We can’t rely on fossil fuels or virgin materials. The time is now, we need to invest in resilience because we can’t afford – both financially and environmentally – to do nothing.”


Solutions that the UK public are most in favour of:

  • Recycling: 85% of respondents said they would sort their waste further for recycling and over 80% said they would buy everyday products packaged in or made from recycled content.
  • Recycled water: Two thirds (66%) of the UK would wash themselves, dishes and clothes with recycled water from wastewater treatment

In becoming the benchmark company for ecological transformation, Veolia is committed to tackle climate change, resource depletion, biodiversity collapse, and pollution. By expanding the use of existing solutions, and developing new innovative solutions, the company is accelerating the process to radically change patterns of production and consumption and placing ecology at the heart of every process.

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