18 January, 2008 – Climate change encourages GM residents to rethink their journeys
Nearly a fifth of people in Greater Manchester claim to have altered how they made journeys last year because of fears about climate change.
Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) interviewed more than 1,000 local residents to carry out the research. 18 per cent said they had changed the way they travel as a result of climate change concerns.
25 to 39 year olds are most likely to have been affected. 21 per cent said it has led to them altering their travel behaviour, compared to 12 per cent for over 60s.
Paul Griffiths, GMPTE’s Interim Projects Director, said: "There was a huge amount of interest in climate change last year, with events such as Live Earth helping to raise the issue in the media.
"Our latest research appears to show that people are making changes to their lives as a result.
"Sharing your journey with other people is always going to be a more environmentally friendly way of travelling.
"I’d encourage people who haven’t used public transport for a while to give it a go and help fight climate change."
GMPTE carries out detailed surveys twice a year to investigate changes in opinion about public transport.
The latest survey was conducted over the summer and focused on travel behaviour during the previous six months. It was the first time people have been asked about how climate change affects their decisions about transport.
Source: GMPTE press release