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What do our supporters know about COP26?

ClientEarth Communications

7 October 2021

We asked our supporters for their insight on COP26 - what they know, what they don't, and what they would like to see as an outcome from the most important climate conference of our time.

How much do you know about COP26?

67%

a little

24%

a lot

9%

nothing at all

Why is climate action important to you?

60%

to protect the planet

33%

to ensure the safety of future generations

5%

to hold big polluters to account

2%

other

How important do you think COP26 is in the fight against climate change?

77%

very

20%

somewhat

3%

not at all

Out of these six themes, which three do you think should be prioritised at COP26?

68%

protecting and restoring ecosystems

65%

investment in renewable energy

62%

stopping deforestation

44%

ending coal

42%

funding commitments to help countries and communities adapt to the effects of climate change

19%

collaboration between businesses and governments

What do you think is the biggest block for climate progress?

72%

lack of action from governments

16%

lack of legal enforcement

9%

lack of action by businesses

3%

lack of affordable green alternatives

The price of gas has risen by 280% in Europe since January, and with it, the price of electricity. How should the UK government respond to protect both consumer and climate?

86%

investing more in renewable energy

77%

retrofitting and efficiency upgrades for homes

61%

community energy systems

49%

subsidise energy bills for those less well-off

0.3%

do nothing

1.5%

other

Who do you think should be responsible for leading the fight against climate change?

28%

every country equally

26%

companies responsible for the most global emissions

24%

currently most polluting countries

22%

historically most polluting countries

How would you rephrase ‘climate finance’ to make it easier for people to understand?

35%

climate investment

24%

funds for climate change mitigation

20%

finance for green investment

16%

green finance

5%

other

How do you think companies should be held accountable for greenwashing?

52%

financial penalty

19%

public apology and clarification campaign

15.5%

legally enforced advertising hiatus

13%

donation to green causes

0.5%

I don't think they should be

In the run up to COP26, which campaigning activities would you like to take part in?

63%

emailing my MP

59%

sharing social posts on social media

53%

putting pressure on government ministers online (e.g. through tweeting at them)

47%

reading blogs on the issue

46%

receiving educational materials I can read at home

3%

other

Thank you for completing the survey. Your response helps us understand what's most important to you, and how we can work towards it.

With COP26 right round the corner, we're scaling up our campaigning and legal action on the climate crisis. If you'd like, you can make a contribution toward our work here:

      

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