Nearly half of Brits believe it’s not possible for one person to make a difference to climate change.
A poll of 2,000 adults found four in 10 still have work to do when it comes to their attitudes to reducing their impact on the planet.
four in 10 Brits admit they still still have work to do when it comes to their attitudes towards making a difference towards climate
And 40 per cent confess to having an ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ approach to being more eco-friendly.
To help highlight the positive impact that one person acting now can have on the future of the environment, Smart Energy GB has commissioned the research, alongside launching a new partnership with the National Trust.
Across Great Britain, augmented reality installations at six National Trust sites offer a look at what the natural world could be like in 30 years' time.
The experience takes visitors to the year 2050 showing what could happen to the places we love if we don’t take action to become more sustainable as a nation.
Sacha Deshmukh, CEO of Smart Energy GB said: “This study clearly indicates many Brits don’t realise that the small steps they can take will have a positive effect on the environment, but the good news is we all have the power to make a difference.
“Visitors to the National Trust will see first-hand what could happen if we don’t all take action now.”
The joint venture demonstrates the National Trust’s ongoing commitment to tackle the climate emergency by using less energy and protecting the environment, whether that’s capturing the energy of mountain streams, installing solar panels and smart meters in historic houses across Great Britain, or looking after woodlands.
And if every household took energy efficiency measures now, we could achieve 11 per cent of the UK’s 2050 carbon target.
SAVING THE PLANET
But when it comes to energy use 17 per cent of adults forget to turn the lights off at their house, and 23 per cent drive short distances they could easily walk.
Around one in four confessed to still buying carrier bags from the supermarket rather than using bags for life while more than a quarter throw food waste straight into the bin, rather than composting it or putting it into food waste.
More than a quarter also put their washing on at 40 degrees or higher.
But more than six in 10 admitted to feelings of guilt when binning something that could have been recycled, with a bit more effort.
And a third believe there is more they could do when it comes to recycling in their household.
Encouragingly, 37 per cent have installed a smart meter to monitor their energy usage, with a view to reducing how much they use.
Four in 10 of those polled via OnePoll also said they do more now than they did a year ago, in a bid to help the environment.
But while the same percentage say it’s because they care about their own futures, 48 per cent do it to make the planet better for their kids in years to come.
Shockingly, nearly a fifth of the population aren’t even convinced that climate change is a real problem.
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And three in 10 believe the importance of it has been over-exaggerated.
Sacha Deshmukh added: “As a nation, upgrading from an old analogue meter to a smart meter will contribute to a 25 per cent CO2 saving by 2035.
“Smart meters are the foundation of a smart energy system which will enable us to meet our net zero carbon targets, reduce wastage at source, allowing for the mass uptake of electric vehicles and better use renewable energy.”
BAD HABITS: THE TOP 15 WAYS BRITS ARE STILL HARMING THE ENVIRONMENT
Buying fruit or veg in plastic bags rather than loose
Leaving electronic items on standby
Occasionally putting dirty recyclables into the bin instead of washing them out
Taking your car instead of using public transport
Chucking food waste in the bin rather than composting it
Doing a load of washing at 40 degrees or hotter
Forgetting to take reusable shopping bags to the shop
Buying plastic water bottles instead of having a refillable one
Buying carrier bags at the supermarket
Driving distances you could easily walk
Eating meat daily
Throwing away food when it’s only just past its use-by date
Turning the heating on rather than putting on a jumper
Throwing away and replacing things you could fix
Having longer showers than you need to