By Danielle Goudreau, Engineer at Pare
The results from the Pare Climate Change Survey are in!
Pare’s Climate Change Committee would like to thank all who participated in our survey. We appreciate your thoughtful responses, and have explored answer patterns and concerns below.
Climate change is a very important topic with many differing opinions about causes, implications, and even its existence. However, it’s been established that in order to combat climate change, it will require a broad consensus, and this survey did a great job of establishing how close to that consensus we currently are.
Among survey participants, there is a consensus that climate change is happening and that it is concerning. It wasn’t surprising (based on the title of the survey) that a majority of respondents believe climate change is occurring. Approximately 95% of the respondents believe climate change is occurring, 3% do not believe it is occurring. 2% did not express an opinion. The aspect of climate change participants find most concerning is storm frequency and/or intensity (33%) followed by sea level rise (23%) and ecological changes (20%).
As far as whether or not we can reduce climate change, there is a split consensus. Approximately 42% of respondents believe that we are able to reduce the effects of climate change. However the majority of participants (about 50), believe we can’t or won’t do anything to change the effects. Approximately half of the respondents who believe we can reduce climate change also believe we will make changes to reduce the effects.
Who should be responsible for mandating changes that may reduce climate change? One third of respondents believe that the Federal Government should be implementing regulations.
Contest winner Ann Cote at Bryant University provided us with an optimistic view of the future (albeit with a major caveat): “Only once society is educated on the topic and the seriousness of it, will ideas come forward and the passion to correct the issue surface.”
Thanks to your participation, Pare’s engineers are now even more equipped to assist in providing clarity and recommendations to the state of the consensus among those associated with or working in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction.