Americans Support Conservation in Word, But Not in Action

Americans overwhelmingly favor conservation as a means of preserving and protecting their environment, but very few practice conservation in their own daily lives.

So concludes a national survey conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and released this past month. As the survey authors report,

“A majority of Americans say that it is ‘very important’ or ‘somewhat important’ to turn off unneeded lights (92 percent), to lower the thermostat in winter (83 percent), and to use public transportation or carpool (73 percent), among other conservation behaviors. Yet the study found that:

• 88 percent of Americans say it is important to recycle at home, but only 51 percent ‘often’ or ‘always’ do;
• 81 percent say it is important to use re-usable shopping bags, but only 33 percent ‘often’ or ‘always’ do;
• 76 percent say it is important to buy locally grown food, but only 26 percent ‘often’ or ‘always’ do;
• 76 percent say it is important to walk or bike instead of drive, but only 15 percent ‘often’ or ‘always’ do; and
• 72 percent of Americans say it is important to use public transportation or carpool, but only 10 percent say they ‘often’ or ‘always’ do.

For a quick summary of the survey results, see Americans Favor Conservation, But Few Practice It.

For the full survey report, just 16 pages in length, see Americans’ Actions to Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste, and Limit Global Warming. You may also find of interest a collateral study of Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in January 2010.

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