Sure, you may be worried about how climate change is affecting our planet, but what are you willing to sacrifice to save it? According to a new survey from GeekWrapped, many respondents would give up daily showers, Donald Trump’s presidency and pizza before handing over their cellphones.
“Life is all about sacrifices big and small, but that doesn't make the process any easier,” the study’s authors wrote. “Our respondents revealed one core takeaway: People are far less likely to sacrifice something that affects them on a deeply personal level, such as their ability to hear or see, the two things that people were least willing to give up in favor of a healthy environment.”
GeekWrapped surveyed more than 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 78 about climate change. Eighty-five percent of all respondents said the environment was important to them. Let’s take a look at what else they had to say.
Climate change and politics
Eighty-eight percent of Democrats said the environment is important, while 87 percent of independents and 81 percent of Republicans agreed.
Climate change by generation
Eighty-five percent of millennials cited the environment as a concern, while 85 percent of Gen-Xers and 81 percent of baby boomers felt the same.
Climate change is the No. 1 environmental concern
Among all the environmental issues facing the planet, climate change was No. 1 with 29 percent of GeekWrapped’s respondents. Global warming ranked second at 22 percent, followed by water pollution (12 percent) and air pollution (11 percent).
Broken down by political affiliation, climate change remained the top concern for Democrats and independents, but Republicans said water pollution was their biggest worry.
The Paris Agreement
Overall, 58 percent of respondents think the U.S. should rejoin the Paris Agreement, and 60 percent of both millennials and Gen-Xers agree. Party-wise, 78 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independents think we should rejoin, while 34 percent of Republicans think we should not.
Top ways people protect the environment
Recycling is the No. 1 way respondents reduce their carbon footprint, both by generation and by political affiliation. While reusable shopping bags and water bottles and energy-efficient products ranked high for both demographics, ceasing use of paper and plastic products and biking instead of driving were among both's bottom three.
For climate change I would sacrifice …
Across all generations, overall respondents — as well as Democrats and independents — were willing to give up both Donald Trump and his presidency before anything else. The top sacrifice for Republicans was alcohol, with social media a close second.
Cellphones ranked roughly in the 30 percentile for all demographics save for Republicans.