Ahead of the COP27 forum, Canada appears to rank near the underside of 34 countries on the subject of public support for measures to assist tackle climate change, a latest poll suggests.

When asked about support for a spread of initiatives governments could propose, equivalent to subsidies for clean technology and providing incentives to speculate in green financial products, Ipsos polling of residents from 34 countries indicates support amongst Canadians ranks between the twenty seventh and thirty first spots.

“These results are shocking,” Sanyam Sethi, vice chairman of Ipsos Public Affairs, told Global News. “Canadians aren’t as engaged as they ought to be within the climate debate.”

“While there may be support in lots of counties on loads of these initiatives, what we’re seeing in Canada may be very, very different,” she added.

The outcomes come ahead of the 27th annual Conference of the 198 Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change — higher often called COP27 — in Egypt.

The summit begins Sunday within the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

On Thursday, 4 days before the beginning of the conference, U.N. Security General Antonio Guterres warned that the planet is headed toward irreversible “climate chaos.”

He said COP27 “should be the place to rebuild trust and re-establish the ambition needed to avoid driving our planet over the climate cliff,” noting that crucial consequence of the summit is to have “a transparent political will to scale back emissions faster.”

Ipsos surveyed about 1,000 Canadians, of which, 55 per cent said they would approve the subsidizing of green technologies by the federal government, Ipsos’s research found.

Only 51 per cent supported modifying pricing to make environmentally-friendly products cheaper.

Most other policy suggestions only showed support from lower than one-third of Canada.

Support amongst residents in the US, Germany, France and Brazil also ranked low when it got here to the policies proposed, Sethi said.

Countries equivalent to Mexico, Chile and Columbia were at the highest.

Although support amongst the whole variety of Canadians surveyed was low, the information also indicates younger age groups and girls were more prone to back the proposals, in accordance with Sethi.

With so many other concerns on the table for Canadians, including fears of a looming recession, climate change just doesn’t appear to be at the highest of the agenda, she said.

“It’s a matter of what’s more necessary at once and necessary enough to overshadow the whole lot else,” said Sethi.

“Inflation is a priority in lots of other countries and so they are still taking motion and so they are forging ahead on climate motion.”

To bring more engagement to the matter, Canada must see a “rigorous communication and education campaign,” in accordance with Sethi.

This falls largely in step with trends observed in other nations. Nonetheless, Canadians also said scientists have a vital role to play in educating the country on the problem.

“(Scientists) are the second-most-looked-upon authority to steer climate change,” said Sethi.

Greater than 120 world leaders will attend this 12 months’s U.N. climate talks that begin Sunday and go until Nov. 18. Over 40,000 have registered to attend.

The U.N.’s Guterres has warned the stakes are high: “COP27 must lay the foundations for much faster, bolder climate motion now and in this important decade, when the worldwide climate fight will probably be won or lost.”

These are the outcomes of a 34-country survey conducted by Ipsos on its Global Advisor online platform. Ipsos interviewed a global sample of twenty-two,528 adults aged 18-74 within the US, Canada, Republic of Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, South Africa, and Turkey, 20-74 in Thailand, 21-74 in Indonesia and Singapore and 16-74 in all other countries between twenty sixth August and ninth September 2022.

The sample consists of roughly 1,000 individuals in each of Australia, Brazil, Canada, mainland China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the U.S., and 500 individuals in each of Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Columbia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

The precision of Ipsos online polls are calculated using a credibility interval with a poll of 1,000 accurate to +/- 3.5 percentage points and of 500 accurate to +/- 5.0 percentage points. For more information on Ipsos’ use of credibility intervals, please visit the Ipsos website.

–With files from the Associated Press


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