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80% of Brits agree climate action is key for human survival

The majority of Brits agree that tackling climate change and nature loss is ‘essential for human survival.’

According to the survey which was commissioned by WWF, just 33% of the public are optimistic about the chances of reducing carbon emissions fast enough to prevent harmful climate change.

Over three-quarters of respondents (78%) agreed that the UK government must have a clear plan of action to deliver on its targets for these to be credible.

With the COP26 summit just six months away, WWF is calling on the government to listen to the public opinion and lay out a credible plan for how it will deliver on its ambitious new target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 78% by the end of 2035.

This call sits alongside WWF’s push for the Treasury to introduce a net-zero test across all Government spending, to ensure policies across every department align fully with climate goals.

Tanya Steele, Chief Executive at WWF, said: ‘Tackling the twin threats of climate change and nature loss is a fight for survival. Across the country, it’s clear that most people now recognise how much is at stake if we don’t act now to safeguard this planet – our one shared home.

‘To inspire public confidence, the UK Government must show it can deliver on its ambitious new climate commitments, by publishing a credible plan without delay, outlining the steps it will take to cut carbon emissions radically by 2035.

‘Ministers must also move forward with a net-zero test for all government spending – this is the only way to guarantee new spending is compatible with climate goals. Steps like this will show that the UK Government truly means business, helping to accelerate progress at a global level ahead of COP-26 – now just six months away.’

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