Britons do not understand the term 'carbon footprint', poll finds

Britons do not understand the term ‘carbon footprint’ despite intense media coverage, poll finds

  • Some 42 per cent of Britons don’t know what a ‘carbon footprint’ is, a poll found
  • In Leicester the survey figure is 53 per cent, and in Newcastle it is 46 per cent
  • Glasgow, where COP26 will soon be hosted, had the best knowledge of the term 

More than two-fifths of Britons do not understand the term ‘carbon footprint’, a poll has found.

Despite massive media coverage, researchers found that 42 per cent of people do not know the meaning of the climate change phrase.

In Leicester the figure is 53 per cent, and in Newcastle it is 46 per cent.

Of those questioned in the survey, 14 per cent thought it meant recycling waste, while another 14 per cent thought it was ‘something to do with the weather’.

More than two-fifths of Britons don’t know what a ‘carbon footprint’ – the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organisation, or community – is

And five per cent admitted they had ‘no idea’ at all what it meant.

Of the 13 cities surveyed for food firm Upfield, those with the best knowledge of the term were Glasgow, which is due to host the COP26 summit, and London, where 36 per cent did not understand the term.

In both Cambridge and Liverpool, it was 39 per cent.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘carbon footprint’ means the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organisation, or community.

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