98% of Canadians Believe the Climate is Changing*
From May 29th to June 11th, an online survey of 1,550 Canadians was used to get an idea of where we stand when it comes to climate change. The results, which came out August 15th, had this to say:
– 32% believe climate change is happening and is caused by human activity.
– 54% believe climate change is happening and is caused by a combination of human activity and natural variations.
– 9% believe the climate is changing and that change is completely natural.
– 2% believe that the climate is not changing.
Interestingly (and not surprisingly), different parts of the country “believe” differently.
The same survey showed that people in the prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) were less likely to believe that climate change was caused by human activity, while people in BC, Atlantic Canada and Québec were more likely to believe that climate change is man-made.
I inherently dislike the idea of asking whether or not people “believe” in human-induced climate change. It isn’t a religion so belief has nothing to do with it. Thousands of scientists from around the planet have exhaustively studied the question and, according to climatologist Micheal Mann, “more than 99%” of those scientists agree that the climate is changing and that change is caused by human activity.
Still, considering how poorly our media has covered the issue of climate change and considering the issue’s absence from the political discourse in Canada, these results are a source of optimism. Next step: making Canadians understand the severity of the problem and how little time we have to act.
* The survey company did their best to represent the Canadian population with quotas for age, gender, region and education. This survey was not done by randomly sampling the Canadian population.