The results of the 2023 Climate Action Tracker Survey are in, and they make encouraging reading. They show that change is afoot and that a sizeable number of people are taking action to address both the climate crisis and the energy price crunch.
It’s the second time Greening Steyning has run the survey, which asks which of 16 different steps people took last year and what they are planning for the year ahead. A big thanks to the 108 households who filled it in.
Results for 2022
The headline results from 2022 are shown in the first graph. Different actions are listed in order of how many had taken that step, either previously (in blue), or in the past year (in green). On average people said they had taken more than five of these steps last year, having already taken three previously.
Given the recent hike in energy prices, it is not surprising that ‘taking simple energy saving steps at home’, like turning down the thermostat, and fitting LED bulbs, came top of the list, with 96% saying they had done this. Other low cost steps like ‘encouraging wildlife in your garden’, and ‘doing more top repair, reuse and recycle’, were also high up the ranking. But further down the list it is significant to see that as many as 33% have now got solar panels, and 21% have switched to electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids.
Plans for 2023
Looking at the year ahead, as the second graphic shows, the results shows that progress does not stop here. The actions are listed in order of how many people are thinking of taking them.
On average people said they are planning on taking five more of these steps in 2023, with a further two deemed as ‘maybes’.
Given the number of wildlife lovers in our area, it was no surprise that ‘encouraging wildlife in my garden’ came top of the ‘to do’ list for the second year running. But, interestingly, ‘taking part in a climate campaign’ came second, a sign that people are sensing the need to become more vocal in advocating for climate action.
Given that this was a self-selecting group the survey results cannot be taken as representative of the community as a whole. But they are a clear demonstration that change is starting to happen – and it’s local people who are leading from the front.
If you are inspired to do more yourself, there’s plenty of ideas on how to get started elsewhere on the website.
If you’d like to dig into the details, you can find an easy-to-read summary with charts and figures here.