More than a third feel guilty about how little they do for the planet – but almost half are unwilling to give up meat with a quarter confused about the best way to go green
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Millions of Britons admit they’re not as sustainable as expected – because they just can’t stand the idea of giving up meat.
A study of 2,000 adults found that 68% were not doing everything they could to help the environment, with 35% feeling guilty about how little they had done for the planet.
But nearly half can’t stand the idea of giving up meat to be eco-friendly, while 27% are confused about the best way to go green.
And 55% say cost is the top barrier to making more sustainable choices.
Others are too busy (20%), like to buy new things (21%), or think they are hindered by where they live (10%).
People aged 18-24 are least likely to adopt a sustainable lifestyle due to the heaviest work life and confusion about what they should and shouldn’t do to lead a more eco-friendly life .
It also appears that one in five adults found it difficult to do things to help the environment in the past 12 months.
A spokesman for Hyundai, which commissioned the study to launch the Drive the Change Tour, said: “Many people seem to be struggling to make greener changes, but young people are young. seem to find it harder than most.
“It is important to realize that every age has its own set of challenges, based on the different things that people have experienced at different stages of their lives.”
The study also found that 55- to 64-year-olds were less likely to feel they were now doing everything they could to help the environment.
While seven in ten 18-24 year olds believe the past year has helped them understand more about what they can do to help the planet.
It also appears that almost one in five (19%) of those trying to go green at least a few times have told someone they have done something bad for the environment.
Partners are most likely to bear the burden (47%), followed by children (43%) and friends (39%).
But three-quarters of adults who think they can do more for the environment feel they need to protect the planet because it’s the only planet we have, while 64% want to protect wildlife.
And more than half (53%) of those polled, through OnePoll, want to live a greener lifestyle so that the planet is in a better state for their children.
A Hyundai spokesman added: “There are a number of changes, both large and small, that people can make to their liking.
“What works for one person may not work for another – but we can all see individual changes as making a general difference.”
TOP 10 BARKETS TO GET FRIENDLY:
- Don’t want to be vegetarian/vegan
- Confused about what to do
- It is very difficult to give up some habits
- Love to buy new things
- Lack of time
- You doubt the effectiveness of what you do
- Lack of motivation
- Restricted by where you live
- Physical disability – for example, being unable to walk or cycle
https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/give-up-meat-more-sustainable-26433031 Almost half of Britons can't stand giving up meat for a more sustainable life