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Figure 4.4 - Public opinion on ways in which forests and woodlands can impact on climate change

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Figure 4.4 shows the level of agreement the public have with a set of statements relating to climate change. These questions were placed in the UK Public Opinion of Forestry Survey 2013. Respondents were asked to state their level of agreement i.e. “Strongly agree”, “Agree”, “Neither agree nor disagree”, “Disagree” or “Strongly Disagree” with each of the statements. The following percentages of respondents agreed with the following statements i.e. stated “Strongly agree” or “agree”:

  1. Trees are good because they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in wood - 80%;
  2. Planting more trees can help us cope with climate change by providing shade and reducing the effects of flooding - 72%;
  3. The UK could offset all its greenhouse gas emissions by planting more trees - 55%
  4. Cutting down forests and woodland makes climate change worse, even if they are replanted - 55%;
  5. Using wood for fuel is better for climate change than using fuels such as coal and gas - 44%;
  6. Using wood for building is better for climate change than using materials such as concrete and steel - 42%;
  7. Using wood for fuel makes climate change worse because it releases carbon dioxide - 37%.