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Scottish Household Survey 2020 - telephone survey: key findings

A summary of the key findings from the Scottish Household Survey 2020 telephone survey.

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Section seven - Environment

The results of the SHS 2020 telephone survey are not directly comparable to SHS results for previous years. Please see Introduction for more detail.

Perceptions about climate change as a problem by age
Bar chart showing the proportion of adults who perceived climate change as an immediate and urgent problem, as more of a problem for the future, as not really a problem and who were still not convinced that climate change is happening for adults aged 16 to 24, 75 or over and all adults. (Table 7.1).

80% of adults felt that climate change is an immediate and urgent problem. This view was more common among younger adults (Table 7.1) and adults who live in less deprived areas (Table 7.3).

12% of adults believed that climate change is more of a problem for the future.

Walking distance to an open green or blue (water) space by rurality
Bar chart showing the proportion of adults who lived within different walking distances to open green or blue space (within 5 minutes, 6 to 10 minutes and 11 minutes or more) for adults in large urban areas, remote rural areas and all areas. (Table 7.12).

68% of adults lived within a five minute walk from an open green or blue (water) space (Table 7.12).

Adults living in remote rural areas were more likely than those living in large urban areas to live within a five minute walk of an open green or blue (water) space.

79% of adults visited the outdoors at least once a week (Table 7.10).

Disabled adults were less likely to visit the outdoors at least once a week than non disabled adults.

There was also variation by area deprivation. Adults living in the 20% least deprived areas were more likely to visit the outdoors at least once a week (83%) than those living in the 20% most deprived areas (68%) (Table 7.5).

Frequency of visits made to the outdoors by disability
Bar chart showing the proportion of adults who visited the outdoors at least once a week, at least once a month, at least once a year and never for disabled, non  disabled and all adults. (Table 7.10).

Adults living in remote rural areas were more likely to visit the outdoors frequently than those living in large urban areas (Table 7.6): 87% of adults living in remote rural areas visited the outdoors at least once a week or more, compared to 77% of adults living in large urban areas.

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