Canadian support for climate change initiatives lags behind COP27: Ipsos – National

Ahead of the COP27 forum, Canada appears to rank near the bottom of 34 countries when it comes to public support for action on climate change, according to a new poll.

Asked about support for a range of initiatives that governments could offer, such as grants for clean technologies and incentives to invest in green financial products, an Ipsos poll of citizens from 34 countries indicates that the support of Canadians ranks between 27th and 31st place.

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“These results are shocking,” Sanyam Sethi, vice president of Ipsos Public Affairs, told Global News. “Canadians are not as engaged as they should be in the climate debate.

“While there is support in many counties for many of these initiatives, what we see in Canada is very, very different,” she added.

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The results precede the 27e Annual conference of the 198 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — better known as COP27 — in Egypt.

The summit begins on Sunday in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

On Thursday, four days before the start of the conference, UN security general Antonio Guterres warned that the planet was heading towards irreversible “climate chaos”.

He said COP27 “must be the place to restore the confidence and restore the ambition needed to avoid tipping our planet into the climate cliff”, noting that the most important outcome of the summit is to have “a will clear policy to reduce emissions more quickly”. .”

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Ipsos surveyed about 1,000 Canadians, 55% of whom said they would approve of government subsidization of green technologies, according to Ipsos research.

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Only 51% were in favor of changing prices to make environmentally friendly products cheaper.

Most of the other policy suggestions received support from less than a third of Canada.

Citizen support in the United States, Germany, France and Brazil was also low for the proposed policies, Sethi said.

Countries like Mexico, Chile and Colombia were in the lead.

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While support among the total number of Canadians polled was low, the data also indicates that younger age groups and women were more likely to support the proposals, according to Sethi.

With so many other concerns on the table for Canadians, including fears of an impending recession, climate change just doesn’t seem to be high on the agenda, she said.

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“It’s a question of what’s most important right now and important enough to overshadow everything else,” Sethi said.

“Inflation is a concern in many other countries and they continue to take action and they are moving forward on climate action.”

To bring more commitment to the issue, Canada needs to see a “rigorous communications and education campaign,” according to Sethi.

Research shows that 59% of Canadians believe the government is responsible for educating the public about climate change.

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This is largely in line with trends observed in other countries. However, Canadians also said scientists have an important role to play in educating the country on the issue.

“(Scientists) are the second most sought-after authority on directing climate change,” Sethi said.

More than 120 world leaders will attend this year’s UN climate talks which start on Sunday and run until November 18. More than 40,000 registered to attend.

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The UN’s António Guterres warned that the stakes are high: “COP27 must lay the groundwork for much faster and bolder climate action now and in this crucial decade, when the global fight against climate change will be won or lost”.

These are the results of a survey conducted by Ipsos on 34 countries on its online platform Global Advisor. Ipsos surveyed an international sample of 22,528 adults aged 18-74 in the United States, Canada, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, South Africa and Turkey, aged 20-74 in Thailand, from 21 to 74 years old in Indonesia and Singapore and from 16 to 74 years old in all other countries between August 26 and September 9, 2022.

The sample consists of approximately 1,000 people in Australia, Brazil, Canada, mainland China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Spain and the United States, and of 500 people in Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey and United Arab Emirates .

The accuracy of Ipsos online polls is calculated using a credibility interval with a poll of 1,000 accurate to +/- 3.5 percentage points and 500 accurate to +/- 5.0 points percentage. For more information on the use of credibility intervals by Ipsos, please consult the Ipsos website.

–With files from The Associated Press

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