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People’s personal environmental actions

Why we monitor people's personal environmental actions

Waikato Regional Council needs to understand what types of actions people undertake in their daily lives to protect the environment, and how often they carry out these actions. This will guide us in setting goals and assist in planning environmental education programmes to fill information gaps.

This indicator monitors:

  • People’s personal actions towards protecting the environment (types and frequency of activities).
  • People’s reasons for not making personal efforts to protect the environment.

What's happening?

In February to March 2016, surveys and interviews with 1,250 people throughout the region told us without prompting what actions they were taking in their daily lives to help the environment.

This was similar to a survey ran in June 1998, September-October 2003 and September-October 2006, and January to March 2013, when we surveyed 1037, 1822, 1003 and 1005 people respectively.

In 2003, 2006, 2013 and 2016 we asked people what actions they had taken within the previous 12 months to protect the environment. In 1998, people told us about lifestyle changes they’d made within the last year aimed at protecting the environment.  

>>Find out more about these data and trends

More information

When this indicator is updated

This indicator is updated every three years. The next update is due in 2019.

Contact at Waikato Regional Council

Social Scientist - Science and Strategy Directorate

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