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HSBC Climate Confidence Monitor: 65% of global population demand a global deal

02 November 2009

Nearly two thirds (65 per cent) of people across the globe believe a new international deal to cut emissions is 'very important', according to the 2009 annual Climate Confidence Monitor research released today.  The 12 country study, commissioned by the HSBC Climate Partnership, sends a clear message to governments preparing to attend the UN climate change summit in December to agree a policy framework to tackle climate change.

The third Climate Confidence Monitor (view interactive results or read the full report) also reveals that 79 per cent want to see a commitment from their governments to 'meet or significantly exceed' a 50-80 per cent cut in emissions by 2050 - the global reduction recommended in the IPCC's 2007 report to avoid dangerous climate change.

Despite the deepening of the global recession since last year's survey was conducted, seven in 10 people (69 per cent) agreed that prioritizing public spending to address climate change is at least as important, if not more important than supporting their national economy during the downturn.

Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group, said: "World leaders must agree a deal in Copenhagen that unlocks low carbon jobs and growth, and enables the rest of us to make smarter, greener choices about the ways we heat our homes, fuel our cars and power our businesses."

Other trends revealed by the Climate Confidence Monitor 2009

  • Stronger desire for action in emerging economies

For the third year running, the Climate Confidence Monitor shows that there is a stronger desire for action in emerging economies than in the developed world. In Brazil, 86 per cent and in Mexico, 83 per cent believe it is very important that a deal in Copenhagen is reached. Globally, only two per cent of people feel a new climate deal isn't important at all.

  • Climate Change ranks alongside other issues of global concern

Despite media headlines around pandemic flu and economic meltdown, a third of all respondents (34 per cent) say climate change is one of the biggest issues they worry about today. In Mexico, 22 per cent of respondents ranked climate change as the number one issue.

  • Personal commitment to low carbon choices remains high

Commitment to reduce personal impact on climate change by adapting lifestyle choices rose four percentage points from 2008 to 36 per cent this year. The most popular steps people are taking to reduce their carbon footprint are recycling, turning off electronic equipment and using energy-saving light bulbs.

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