9 in 10 Homeowners Worried About Climate Change
- Gender Gap: Three times as many men say they are “not concerned” by the increase in extreme weather events
- Nine in ten (90%) homeowners in Ireland are concerned by the escalating threat of extreme weather events, particularly floods and wildfires, driven by climate change.
- Almost one-third (32%) of these find themselves grappling with a heightened degree of worry in the wake of several notable weather events like the Beast from the East and Storm Ophelia.
These are the headline findings from the latest research carried out by Peopl Insurance Ireland which surveyed 1,000 respondents nationwide. Paul Walsh, CEO of Peopl Insurance commented on the findings,
“The survey results underscore the escalating concerns prevailing in households across the country around extreme weather events in Ireland and all over the world. The fact that nine in ten respondents expressed some level of concern regarding the increased frequency of floods and wildfires is indicative of a widespread unease. More than three in ten report a significant degree of worry, suggesting that while some may view climate change as a distant or abstract issue, a substantial portion of the population is acutely aware of the immediate and devastating threat it poses”.
The Peopl survey found that women exhibit a higher level of apprehension than men across the board with over one-third (35%) of women admitting to being ‘very concerned’ while a slightly lower 28% of men share the same sentiment. Conversely, more than three times as many men (18%) than women (5%) said they are “not at all concerned” about such extreme weather events. The findings revealed that the oldest and youngest age cohorts reported the highest levels of concern, with 35% of the eldest and youngest age groups expressing serious distress.
Mr. Walsh continued:
“Contrary to the conventional idea that climate change concerns are primarily the domain of the younger generation, the findings suggest the issue transcends generational boundaries. In fact, those over the age of 55 were the least likely cohort to say that they were ‘not at all concerned’ with severe weather threats such as flooding and wildfires. This challenges the assumption that older generations are less inclined to worry about the effect that climate change is having on our planet”.
In a statement earlier this year, the Minister for Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform provided details of international comparisons regarding flood relief and climate adaptation undertaken by the Office of Public Works (OPW). Having visited areas in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium to see how measures to manage flood risk are being delivered, the Minister noted that climate change will have significant impacts on flooding and flood risk in Ireland due to rising sea levels, more heavy rain days, increased winter rainfall, and more extreme storms.
The experts at Peopl Insurance outlined the proactive steps that homeowners can take to mitigate any potential damage caused by adverse weather conditions:
- Lag and insulate exposed pipes, cisterns, and water tanks.
- Fit tap covers for outdoor taps.
- Run taps periodically (don’t leave them running as this can cause water shortages in the area).
- Ensure your boiler service is up to date.
- You could be covered for power cut losses.
- Bleed your radiators.
- Now is the time to fix any cracks and/or small (or big) leaks that have been on your to-do list for some time.
- Ensure that the gutters are clear.
- Check your home insurance policy to see exactly what you are covered for – if anything is unclear, contact your insurer.
- Be prepared.