A new study from the University of Montreal has revealed which of the thirteen Canadian provinces and territories care the most about climate change. As part of their research, the University asked participants a series of questions related to the environment and climate change, and then made estimates to reflect each province or territory. While environmental issues were overall pretty important to Canadians, it was clear that some areas cared more than others!
As part of the study, participants were asked a series of questions such as, “From what you’ve read and heard, is there solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past four decades?” and “When do you think climate change will start to harm people living in Canada”? Those answering the questions were given a series of possible answers, from which estimates were drawn for the rest of the country.
Overall, the University’s study did suggest that people in Canada are pretty concerned about the environment. That said, some provinces were estimated to care more than others.
For example, when given the statement, “Instead of trying to stop climate change from happening we should focus on adapting to a warmer climate,” only 31 per cent of people in New Brunswick agreed, while in Alberta 47 per cent of people thought we should take the adapting route.
When asked if they believed that the world was getting warmer, most provinces agreed that it was. However, in Prince Edward Island, more than 91 per cent of people believed the planet was heating up. Over in Alberta and Saskatchewan, this was considerably lower, with only around 70 per cent of people agreeing.
Interestingly, when asked if they believed climate change would affect them personally, the majority of Canadians believed that it would only affect them a small bit, or not at all. However, 60 percent of people in Quebec felt that it would affect them personally, to some considerable degree. In Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, more than 50 per cent also felt they would be affected.
Conversely, all of the other provinces and territories believed that they are unlikely to be badly affected by climate change, with the study suggesting only around 30 per cent of Canadians in Alberta and Saskatchewan would be concerned about being affected at all.
Across Canada, the study estimated that around 12 per cent of people do not believe that the Earth is warming. On top of this, the university’s research also suggests that 36 per cent of Canadians do not believe the Earth is warming due to human activity, and 50 per cent overall do not think they will be personally affected by climate change.
While it is usually British Columbia that is known for their pro-Green attitude, according to this study it was Prince Edward Island and Quebec that are most concerned about climate change and the environment in Canada!