Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

People Are Getting the Green Idea; Survey Reveals Attitudes Are Changing

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

People Are Getting the Green Idea; Survey Reveals Attitudes Are Changing

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Byline: Tony Henderson

ATTITUDES to green living across the North East were highlighted in survey results revealed yesterday. The first regional Energy Saving Trust Green Barometer was launched at Gateshead's Baltic Centre.

In what is the first area-specific survey of public attitudes towards green behaviour across the region, the survey shows twice as many people in the North East claim to be living environmentally friendly lives compared to a national study last year. Northumberland emerges as the greenest-living area, with 71% of those questioned claiming that "most things or everything I do is environmentally friendly".

The next highest-scoring areas were County Durham on 63% and North Tyneside with 59%. The poorest rating was Newcastle with 21%, followed by Sunderland and Gateshead on 25%.

Regionally, 45% of people aim to be as environmentally friendly as they can compared to last year's findings when 18.4% said they were living in an eco-friendly fashion.

But almost a quarter of those surveyed admitted that they were not doing their bit (9%) or were not interested (13%), with South Tyneside, on 29%, the worst area.

The study was commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust and ClimateNE, which works with the trust and other organisations to tackle the causes and effects of climate change.

Regionally, of those surveyed this year, 63% claim to use bikes or take public transport for local trips. Nine out of 10 (89 %) are cutting back on what they throw away when it comes to items such as clothes or food.

Adrian Hilton, ClimateNE co-ordinator, said: "There is no doubt that climate change is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. The North East is already in a strong position, with hundreds of innovative and inspirational projects taking place across the region."

Sarah Green, regional director of the Confederation of British Industry, said: "Industry is working hard to tackle climate change, and provide goods and services to consumers to help them reduce their carbon emissions. …

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