Published: 22 September 2022
A national public survey conducted by Public Health Wales has revealed that over three quarters of residents in Wales believe that climate change will damage mental health and increase the costs of heating a home and buying food.
Other major concerns of climate change include reduced access to health and care services, increased spread of infectious diseases, and greater levels of physical illness.
Conducted in 2021/22, the survey interviewed 2,269 residents across Wales to gather views on climate change and health.
Other key findings include:
Sara Wood, researcher at Public Health Wales said: “The survey revealed that climate change is a real concern to people in Wales and that most are keen to engage in positive actions to reduce its impacts, if given the right motivation.
“Policy decisions can also go a long way to address this, with popular ones including providing cheaper and more access to renewable energy, improving public transport and laws to reduce the use of plastic packaging. But people were less keen on policies that increase fuel prices for cars, provide cheaper and more access to nuclear energy, or reducing taxes for companies protecting the environment.”
Professor Karen Hughes, Public Health Wales, said: “Almost one in four people thought they could have no personal influence on limiting climate change, but individual actions add up. There are lots of ways in which people can make changes to their lives to protect the planet, such as reducing car use and air travel, eating local and seasonal foods, buying second hand or mending items rather than buying new, and avoiding buying products with unnecessary waste.”
‘Climate Change and Health in Wales: Views from the public.’ Was conducted on behalf of Public Health Wales.