Aug 7, 2010
Asked whether they agreed with the statement, “Global warming or climate change is occurring and it is primarily caused by human activity,” 52% of green consumers agreed, compared to 49% of U.S. consumers overall. That’s down significantly from a year ago when 58% of all U.S. consumers agreed.
Respondents who disagreed, or were undecided, were then asked, “Which of the following scenarios would convince you that climate change is a real and immediate threat and cause you to make dramatic changes in your lifestyle? You wake up one morning and find out that…” followed by a list of nightmare scenarios. These included: The polar ice cap has completely melted, kids can no longer play outside in the summer and Nebraska is turning into a desert.
The top two responses were: “None of these would convince me” at 27%; and “One or more of these would convince me but I would be unlikely to make changes” at 24%.
“That means over half of those who are unconvinced about global warming are either unlikely to change their mind or unlikely to change their ways, no matter what happens,” said Suzanne Shelton, CEO of Shelton Group.
A small number of current doubters would respond if:
“The good news is, Americans are still going green, whether they believe in global warming or not,” Shelton said.
Last year, the annual survey found 77% of respondents were seeking green products and participating in at least some environmentally sustainable activities. This year, the survey found 84% of Americans are doing so.
“For consumers, green isn’t about climate change – that’s too esoteric and impersonal – it’s about matters closer to home,” Shelton said. “Many Americans aren’t trying to save the Earth when they buy a green cleaning product, they’re trying to save their children from dangerous chemicals.”
Among the survey’s other findings:
About Shelton Group
Shelton Group, founded in 1991 by Suzanne Shelton, is an advertising and research agency located in Knoxville, Tennessee, focused exclusively on motivating mainstream consumers to make sustainable choices. The agency conducts four proprietary consumer opinion studies annually – Eco Pulse, Energy Pulse®, Utility Pulse and Green Living Pulse.
Learn more at www.sheltongroupinc.com
Mark Pankowski, 301-260-9250
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This article was posted: Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 3:32 am