The Nature Conservancy says these Harris Poll results show that over 100 million Americans are not doing anything about Global Warming:
More than 90 percent of Americans are recycling — but fewer than 5 percent have taken recommended green actions such as driving less or reducing their utility use, according to a new Harris Poll on green living released today.
The poll — for which The Nature Conservancy provided input and advice — found that 53 percent of those surveyed have taken steps to green their lives.
But it also found a substantial lack of knowledge about how to go green — and skepticism about whether greening one's life makes a difference to the environment:
- 34 percent of those surveyed said they hadn’t changed their lifestyle because they “did not know what to do.”
- 29 percent of respondents believe that greening their lifestyle won’t make any significant difference on the environment.
“This poll shows that green living is certainly at the forefront of our minds,” says Stephanie Meeks, the Conservancy's acting president and CEO.
“Yet people are getting lost in the maze of information on how to lessen our environmental impact. The bottom line is that even the smallest lifestyle change can have significant impact in the long run.”
Some good news is that he poll also found "noticeable optimism on environmental issues among the American public. Seventy-two percent of the poll’s 2,605 respondents believe their personal actions are significant to the health of the environment."
And although only 42 percent of U.S. adults were initially familiar with the phrase “environmental sustainability,” two-thirds believe that it is possible to live in an environmentally sustainable way.