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What you told us about the climate crisis

What you told us about the climate crisis

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We’ve crunched the data from the quizzes taken so far to get an idea of the main sustainability trends and you may just be surprised at some of the findings.

We’ve crunched the data from the quizzes taken so far to get an idea of the main sustainability trends and you may just be surprised at some of the findings.

What you told us about the climate crisis
Our quiz has now been live for over two months and the results are in!
We’ve crunched the data from the quizzes taken so far to get an idea of the main sustainability trends and you may just be surprised at some of the findings.

First up: we're definitely worried about climate change

It may be no surprise that people drawn to a sustainability quiz are worried about the climate, with an overwhelming 92% of respondents feeling that global warming is a critical issue. Only 2% of people taking the quiz believed that it is not in fact critical. In general, we found that peoples' intentions concerning sustainability are good...

But does that translate to more sustainability?

Hmm, here it gets a bit more complicated. Although over 90% of people believe climate change is critical, only 18% actually think their lifestyles are sustainable.

On a spectrum of sustainable to non-sustainable, most people (64%) place themselves somewhere in the middle. But with the recommended level of carbon emissions being 44.2kg of CO2 a week, the average actual emission of this group was 272kg – probably way further off than most of us would have thought.

The respondents who believed that they were closer to the two extremes of the spectrum tended to guess right, however across the board respondents’ actual carbon footprint is far higher than they anticipated, with even the most sustainable individuals emitting at least twice the recommended level of CO2. Whoa, that’s heavy.

If we care, why aren’t we taking action?

There are so many factors in this one. There’s a lack of awareness of how much carbon our lifestyle choices really emit, limited information on options for making the changes needed, and of course the huge scale of some of the structural challenges we face such as poor public transport and lack of renewable energy sources. And so, to make the scale of our impact on the planet a bit more digestible, we’ve added some badges you can earn along the way.

How do you get a badge?

The quiz covers five categories (food, consumption, energy, travel and investment) and includes some specific behaviours related to each category. When you score well on that behaviour, you earn a badge.

Most people are strong in at least one area but weak in another. Only 16% of respondents received no badge at all, but nobody earned all of the possible badges. We awarded the most badges for recycling, carpooling and not consuming animal products, so those are some easy wins if you’re looking for your next badge.

What’s next?

If you haven’t done the quiz, now’s the time. And if you have, you can re-take it every now and then to track your progress, with eco-friendly lifestyle changes allowing you to unlock more badges as you go.

Infographic Illustrations created by Hello Mister Frank & Storme Conradie

Our quiz has now been live for over two months and the results are in!
We’ve crunched the data from the quizzes taken so far to get an idea of the main sustainability trends and you may just be surprised at some of the findings.

First up: we're definitely worried about climate change

It may be no surprise that people drawn to a sustainability quiz are worried about the climate, with an overwhelming 92% of respondents feeling that global warming is a critical issue. Only 2% of people taking the quiz believed that it is not in fact critical. In general, we found that peoples' intentions concerning sustainability are good...

But does that translate to more sustainability?

Hmm, here it gets a bit more complicated. Although over 90% of people believe climate change is critical, only 18% actually think their lifestyles are sustainable.

On a spectrum of sustainable to non-sustainable, most people (64%) place themselves somewhere in the middle. But with the recommended level of carbon emissions being 44.2kg of CO2 a week, the average actual emission of this group was 272kg – probably way further off than most of us would have thought.

The respondents who believed that they were closer to the two extremes of the spectrum tended to guess right, however across the board respondents’ actual carbon footprint is far higher than they anticipated, with even the most sustainable individuals emitting at least twice the recommended level of CO2. Whoa, that’s heavy.

If we care, why aren’t we taking action?

There are so many factors in this one. There’s a lack of awareness of how much carbon our lifestyle choices really emit, limited information on options for making the changes needed, and of course the huge scale of some of the structural challenges we face such as poor public transport and lack of renewable energy sources. And so, to make the scale of our impact on the planet a bit more digestible, we’ve added some badges you can earn along the way.

How do you get a badge?

The quiz covers five categories (food, consumption, energy, travel and investment) and includes some specific behaviours related to each category. When you score well on that behaviour, you earn a badge.

Most people are strong in at least one area but weak in another. Only 16% of respondents received no badge at all, but nobody earned all of the possible badges. We awarded the most badges for recycling, carpooling and not consuming animal products, so those are some easy wins if you’re looking for your next badge.

What’s next?

If you haven’t done the quiz, now’s the time. And if you have, you can re-take it every now and then to track your progress, with eco-friendly lifestyle changes allowing you to unlock more badges as you go.

Infographic Illustrations created by Hello Mister Frank & Storme Conradie

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