This report discredits mainstream stereotypes that climate concern is simply an issue for the southern middle class, finding that eco-anxiety is shared across our country; that climate change is truly a crisis in common. Most people believe climate change will have a bigger impact on humanity than Coronavirus, suggesting that we are prepared to undertake similarly profound lifestyle changes. Where there is a disheartening lack of faith in British political leaders, one may find faith in the public, with people of all backgrounds taking environmental action in their daily lives. We argue that in a nation fraught with anxiety about our planet, politicians cannot afford to delay climate action. This report suggests that political leaders who recognise and act on the British people’s hopes and fears about the planet won’t just deliver a more sustainable future, they will be rewarded by our democracy.
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