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Plymouth residents give views on how to save the planet

Author: geraldine v Published: 24th January 2022 11:38
Research revealed today shows 77% of Plymouth residents would do something differently around environmental issues to contribute towards saving the planet if they could go back in time with specific results around recycling, energy saving and car driving.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of respondents in Plymouth stated they would recycle more if they could turn back the clock. Making the home more energy efficient through ways such as adding solar panels was the second most common action people said they would take (43%) if they could go back in time.

Interestingly 23% said they would not do anything differently!

Not using as much electricity figured highly in the research with 36% of Plymouth respondents saying that if they look back now on their usage of this energy source, they would not have used so much. Conserving water came in at 34% with using less gas rounds out the top five actions respondents said they would take with 30% saying they would have saved more of this natural resource.

Just over a fifth of Plymouth residents (21%) reported that they would have voted for a party that had more green policies which may indicate a disillusionment with politics and politicians on this crucial topic.

Avoiding buying a car also did not score highly with Plymouth people with only 7% of those who were questioned in the research saying they would have chosen that option. Such a low response rate may indicate that locals are still keen to have their own vehicles and the campaigns to encourage alternatives such as electric cars and using public transport may not be cutting through.

Campaigns to encourage recycling, energy efficiency and a move to a greener lifestyle are constantly being created to encourage people to get involved in their own homes and localities to help save the planet. The level of interest in these topics is reflected in new research from Project Solar UK which shows the number of Instagram hashtag searches for "#sustainability" in 2021 reached over 11 million. Searches on the platform using the hashtag "#green energy " totalled over 800,000, and both "#renewable energy" and #solarenergy were hash tagged over 1.2 million times each.

These same topics were popular over the TikTok platform with video views on these same #hashtags in the millions in 2021.

Most popular was the hashtag #sustainability which had over 640 million searches. Next up in the leaderboard was #greenenergy which had over 134 million views followed by solar energy which was popular on TikTok with 98 million views as was #renewable energy which had 97 million views.

These huge numbers of views on social platforms indicate an unprecedented level of interest in all topics concerned with the environment as people look for new ideas on how to get involved in saving the planet and reflect back on their behaviour towards the environment.

The market research reflecting on what people would do differently to save the planet if they could go back in time, was commissioned by Project Solar UK who are leaders in the solar panel market. Simon Peat, CEO, said, "When asked if they could turn back the clock, Plymouth respondents produced a varied range of things they would do differently to help save the planet. Using less electricity and making homes more energy efficient such as by using solar panels scored highly indicating that there is now a real understanding that choosing renewable energy sources such as the sunshine for solar energy is a real, practical alternative that can help save the planet."


Position Hashtag Number of Instagram Hashtags Number of Tok-tok video views Total
1 #sustainability 11,274,764 640,700,000 651,974,764
2 #greenenergy 819,195 134,200,000 135,019,195
3 #Solarenergy 1,211,319 98,400,000 99,611,319
4 #renewableenergy 1,225,662 97,700,000 98,925,662
5 #windpower 254,753 42,800,000 43,054,753
6 #hydropower 61,351 36,000,000 36,061,351
7 #solarpanels 751,669 22,100,000 22,851,669
8 #windenergy 188,172 17,000,000 17,188,172
9 #renewables 305,363 11,900,000 12,205,363
10 #sustainableenergy 169,295 11,700,000 11,869,295

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