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Michael Kihlberg: Individuals ' behaviour plays a role for the climate

the Attention around climate change has increased significantly and had a large impact on many fronts in the past year: decreased carnivorous and reduced domestic flights, increased demand for rail travel and the solar cells, the young and skolstrejkar.

According to the som institute in Gothenburg, climate change and environmental degradation it worries swedes the most. Then it makes sense that people are trying to make a difference where they can, which is most close is to change the habits in their daily lives to reduce their impact on the environment and live more sustainably.

It is not always that concern followed by action but, according to the DN/Ipsos measurement act people right there when it comes to climate.

and the flights have a large impact on the climate. In many of these areas, say about four in ten respondents that they changed their habits because of climate change. There is a remarkably high figures.

the Debate about meat-eating has been going on for several years, in the beginning it was mostly about animal welfare, antibiotics and health. In recent years, although the climate come in. Long talked about it much if it was eaten less meat but it was not in the statistics. So, all of a sudden, after having increased in many years bent the curve down and köttätandet fell a record 2017.

Flygdebatten is a pure climate issue. It got started later, but has been intense, famous people, go out and testify that they stopped flying, the word ”flygskam” became a concept came into the nyordslistan. The flights home declined last year, while more and more wanted to ride the train both domestic and abroad.

on air travel has been more quietly. But more than half, 53 percent, of respondents in the DN/Ipsos for barely a year ago was for an airport tax must be said to be verging on the sensation. It is rare that people are positive to the new taxes. In addition, the aid increased from 44 percent the year before.

solar cell sets new record, many thousands standing in line to get grants to become their own power producer.

One of the most common comments in my mejlkorg is that it doesn't matter what individual people do, or what is being done in Sweden that we are a so small country.

actions play a role. Change enough of their habits and sets new requirements also change the standards. Then it becomes more natural to eat more green, to sometimes choose the train, partly to be able to produced their own electricity.

Politicians and their experts are affected by what is happening. They are dependent on their voters and if the voters are demanding reforms and new policies, changes will be made also at the political level. And it can infect even across national borders.

A radical change is taking place right now in Sweden, a conversion, with much of it coming from below.

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