NZ Herald: Recession eclipses planet’s problems

Eloise Gibson of the NZ Herald writes about the results of a recent survey showing that, over the last year, Kiwi concern about the need for urgent action on climate change, and other environmental issues, has dropped slightly.

It is thought that part of the reason for this has been last year’s recession, in which many people found themselves facing far more urgent financial problems.  However, most people surveyed are personally environmentally-friendly taking action.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“The vast majority of respondents said they were taking personal action to help the environment.

“About the same number of people as in 2008 (65 to 90 per cent depending on the type of action) said they were recycling, cutting back water and power use, or choosing environmentally friendly household products.

“And environmentally minded people became more active – with more people attending meetings or signing petitions (up from 3 per cent in 2008 to 14 per cent) or giving their time or money to an environment group (up from 3 per cent to 13 per cent).”