British public can’t grasp urgency to halt climate change:  The British public and funding groups still don’t perceive the extent of the urgency needed to tackle climate change.

According to a survey of 68 environmental organisations across the UK, a new report by the Garfield Weston Foundation, discovered nearly half of environmental charities say that their biggest challenge when it comes to solving important issues is the lack of public understanding.

Charities like the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Woodland Trust, Buglife and Hubbub, expressed that they are “struggling to communicate the sheer scale and complexity of the climate crisis” and almost 80% warned they are unable to raise the money they need to achieve the impact they desire to achieve.

Beccy Speight, RSPB CEO states: “We know that if we are too hard-hitting and the news is too bleak, then people switch off. What we haven’t done enough of yet is highlighting the positive solutions as well as the dangers. We need to get that balance right.

“The next eighteen months are pivotal. Covid-19 has given us an opportunity to raise awareness of climate change and nature. We need to highlight the value that tackling the carbon crisis and restoring habitats can bring, such as jobs and new opportunities in a more resilient and healthy economy.”

British public can’t grasp urgency to halt climate change

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