Poll suggests climate change is more important to Christians than Brexit in long term

Fri 26 Jul 2019
By Cara Bentley

A poll commissioned by Christian Aid has revealed UK Christians' opinions on Brexit and climate change.

73 per cent of Christians polled said they think climate change will be more important than the leaving the European Union in the long-term and 65 per cent said they don't think the Government is doing enough to prioritise climate change.

Amongst all those polled, 71 per cent considered climate change more pressing than Brexit long-term and just over half said they cared more about climate change than Brexit.

ComRes interviewed 2,072 UK adults online last weekend who were representative of all UK adults by age, gender, region and social grade.

 

 

Laura Taylor, director of advocacy for Christian Aid, said: "As Prime Minister Boris Johnson gets his feet under the table at Number 10, there are a large number of urgent priorities. However, it is clear that beyond the present political turmoil, UK adults know there is a bigger crisis which is potentially catastrophic for the whole of humanity - particularly some of the world's poorest people, who are more vulnerable to the effects of this climate emergency.

"I hope the Prime Minister will hear the challenge from the majority of the UK public to do more to tackle this climate emergency. We need a rapid and radical shift to reduce emissions in the UK and we need global action for climate justice in which the most vulnerable communities are supported to not only survive but to thrive."

Nearly three quarters of Christians agreed that climate change should be a priority for the next prime minister.

Laura Taylor added: "As we have seen this week, the UK is increasingly subject to extreme weather patterns. These patterns are even more exacerbated in other parts of the world, where droughts, floods and storms are wreaking havoc, costing lives and seeing millions of pounds of damage each year.

"The pervasive impact of climate change on everyone, and particularly those in the communities in which Christian Aid works, means we cannot ignore it. The UK public is waking up to the devastating effects of the climate emergency, it's time the UK Government did so too."

You can look at the whole poll here

 

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