MOSELEY CLIMATE CHANGE SURVEY
MPs SURVEY SHOWS LOCAL COMMITMENT TO TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE
26 June 2008
A recent survey
carried out by Lynne Jones MP has revealed a strong commitment among Moseley residents to
tackle climate change.
The survey, which
aimed to gather information on peoples environmental attitudes, was distributed to
all electors in B13 within the current Selly Oak constituency boundary
The survey results show that 91 percent
of respondents were concerned about the threat of climate change, and 89 percent said they
had made changes to their lifestyles to reduce their carbon footprint. This was reinforced
by the result that 80 percent of respondents believe reducing Moseleys carbon
emissions is important or very important.
The MPs survey
suggests that, in order to reduce carbon emissions, roughly half of respondents agree
or strongly agree that motoring should be made more expensive. This figure rises to 69 percent, who say they would
be willing to pay more for motoring, if the money raised was used to improve public
Lynne Jones said: "The survey shows that people in
Moseley have a real commitment to tackling climate change and reducing their carbon
footprint. It is interesting that people feel they would be more inclined to spend money
on motoring if other forms of public transport were developed. If more of us use public
transport it is better for the environment as it reduces pollution and emissions of
greenhouse gasses. Given that 40 per cent of UK
car journeys are less than three miles, we would substantially reduce our carbon
footprint if car owners restricted their car use to essential journeys. Personally, I am a
keen cyclist - the best way for the able-bodied to get around congested areas, but most
people in Moseley live near regular bus routes too.
She continued: The results from the survey were obtained
before the more recent sharp increases in the global cost of oil, which has seen a 20%
reduction in road fuel sales. People are now paying much more to use their cars and
there is greater incentive to opt for more fuel-efficient vehicles. The Government should
impose a windfall tax on the energy companies inflated profits and spend the extra
revenue it has got from taxation on our transport infrastructure.
Similar views were
expressed on paying more to fly, especially if revenues were invested in high-speed rail.
Lynne Jones, a
resident of Birmingham 13, is backing Sustainable Moseley (SusMo), a local campaign set up
by Moseley Forum, which aims to make Moseley a more sustainable community both by personal
action to cut household CO2 emissions and through community initiatives. Many of the respondents to the survey have joined
SusMo and signed the pledge to reduce their carbon footprint at www.cred-uk.org/susmo
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Further information on SusMo, click here:
A summary of the
main findings of the climate change survey can be found below. Click here for the
Climate Change - Summary of Main Points
222 completed surveys were received.
91% of all people who returned the Survey
on Climate Change were concerned about the threat of climate change, of which 59%
said they would like to join Susmo.
CARBON FOOTPRINT PLEDGE
59% of respondents said they would sign the
pledge to reduce their carbon footprint at:
89% of respondents said they had made changes
to their lifestyles as a result of the threat from climate change.
Over half of all respondent had made changes to
their transport habits, in particular, as a result of the threat from climate change.
These changes included: cutting down on car use and flights; using public transport more;
and walking and cycling more.
29% of all respondents said that they were
recycling their household waste in an effort to combat climate change.
REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS
80% of all respondents think that reducing
Moseleys carbon emissions is important or very important.
89% of all respondents think that meeting
national and international climate change targets is important or very important.
49% of all respondents agree or strongly agree
that they would do more to try to stop climate change if other people did too.
81% of all respondents agree or strongly agree
that the Government should take a lead in combating climate change, even if it means using
the law/tax system to change peoples behaviour.
51% of respondents agree or strongly agree that
motoring should be made more expensive.
69% of respondents agree or strongly agree that
they would be willing to pay more for motoring if the money raised was used to improve
59% of respondents agree or strongly agree that
aviation should be made more expensive.
67% of respondents agree or strongly agree that
they would be willing to pay more for aviation if the money raised was used to provide
fast train links.
36% of respondents said that the number one
thing they would like Birmingham City Council to do to help tackle climate change was to
improve public transport in the city.
(NB: Birmingham City Council do not have
direct responsibility for public transport.)
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