Thank you so much for agreeing to carry out this survey, which should take 5-10 minutes. As a resident of the Borough, we're really eager to hear what you think about various environmental and sustainability issues. We want to get a better understanding of how we can make the Borough a greener place to live for its residents – preferably making it the greenest Borough in London!  

 

 

Please note that though the Twickenham-based The Happy Ocean Company will be sharing the findings of this research with the London Borough of Richmond Council, the research is being conducted pro bono and independently from the council, and all information will be treated in confidence. This is a genuine market research study and no sales call will result from our contact with you.

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* 1. Please tell us how concerned you are with the following issues, according to the scale below.

  Very concerned Fairly concerned Not very concerned Not at all concerned Don't know
Climate change
Local air quality
Plastic pollution
Flooding
Reduction in biodiversity
Food waste
Pollution of waterways
Deforestation

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* 2. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about how the COVID-19 crisis has made you feel about environmental issues?

  Disagree strongly Disagree slightly Neither agree nor disagree Agree slightly Agree strongly
I'm too concerned with COVID-19 to think about climate change at the moment
COVID-19 has made me think we need a global response to climate change
Deforestation and habitat destruction are making future pandemics more likely

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* 3. Here is a list of some of the things people can do to reduce their environmental footprint. Please indicate whether or not you do any of these things personally, and if so, how often.

  No, never Yes, occasionally Yes, often Yes, always
Walk, cycle or use public transport when possible
Visit refill/zero-waste shops (where you bring in & fill your own containers)
Avoid single-use plastic
Reduce electricity usage (eg. Switch off lights, don’t overfill kettles etc)
Avoid eating meat
Use a green energy supplier
Grow your own fruit & veg

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* 4. Looking at the same list, what would you say is the main reason why you might not do these things more often?

  Not convenient Too expensive Haven’t got round to it Lack of options Not applicable/ don’t know
Walk, cycle or use public transport when possible
Visit refill/zero-waste shops (where you bring in & fill your own containers)
Avoid single-use plastic
Reduce electricity usage (eg. Switch off lights, don’t overfill kettles etc)
Avoid eating meat
Use a green energy supplier
Grow your own fruit & veg

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* 5. How much responsibility do you think the following have in tackling climate change? Please rank from most to least responsible, where 1 means most responsible and 5 least responsible. If you think all are equally responsible, please tick the box at the end.

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* 6. Below are some schemes or initiatives that can help reduce an area's carbon footprint. How much do you agree or disagree that each of these schemes should be used in the London Borough of Richmond?

  Disagree strongly Disagree slightly Neither agree nor disagree Agree slightly Agree strongly Don't know/not sure
Ban on shops supplying plastic bags
Community-led environmental groups (for river cleans, etc)
Adding green roofing or green walls to public buildings
Solar panels on public buildings
Repair workshop schemes (to mend rather than replace products)
Scheme for reusable takeaway containers
Secure bicycle stores/posts
Advice hub for eco & sustainability issues
Widespread recycling bins
Car-free zoning
Deposit return scheme on plastic bottles
Water refill stations
Ban on plastic cups (in pubs etc)
Tree-planting schemes
Discounts for using reusable coffee cups
Ban on the sale of plastic water bottles
Organic food cooperatives

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* 7. Are there any other initiatives or measures you’d like to see undertaken locally that are not mentioned above? If so, please describe them here.

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* 8. Would you be interested in signing up to a Richmond Borough pledge, whereby you aim to follow certain steps to reduce your own environmental footprint and receive tips and updates on particular schemes?

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* 9. Finally, we just have a few questions about you. Are you...?

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* 10. Which of these age groups do you fall into?

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* 11. Finally, if you have any further thoughts, ideas or relevant comments on things we haven’t already covered, please note them down here.

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* 12. If you are happy to be contacted by The Happy Ocean Company about any future research, or you would like more information, please enter your email address and any comments in this box.

Thank you so much for your time.

Please rest assured that when our research findings are compiled, your individual responses will remain anonymous.
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