Households and the Environment: Environmental engagement, 2015
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To mark World Environment Day, we take a look at how millions of households across Canada are volunteering to conserve and protect the environment.
Almost one in five (17%) Canadian households engaged in unpaid activities aimed at conserving or protecting the environment or wildlife in 2015. Households in Prince Edward Island (24%) were most likely to report these activities while households in Quebec (10%) were the least likely.
Engaged households in Quebec most likely to volunteer on behalf of a group or organization
Over half (54%) of the households that reported volunteering to conserve and protect the environment or wildlife did so on behalf of a group or organization. Among households in Quebec that were engaged in volunteer work, 70% did so as part of a group compared with 39% of households in Alberta.
New Brunswick and Alberta households that are environmentally engaged most likely to work independently
Over two-thirds of households (70%) that reported volunteering in environmental conservation and protection activities did so independently.
Engaged households in New Brunswick (84%) and Alberta (84%) were most likely to have worked independently to conserve and protect the environment, while engaged households in Quebec (53%) were the least likely.
Shoreline and roadside cleanups done by two-fifths of engaged households
About 4 in 10 engaged households participated in cleaning up shorelines, beaches, rivers, lakes or roadsides in 2015. Households in Prince Edward Island (50%) were most likely to report this activity while households in Quebec (31%) the least likely.
Almost one in five engaged households monitor or assess wildlife and natural habitats
In 2015, 17% of engaged households reported monitoring and assessing wildlife species and natural habitats such as bird counts.
Almost one-tenth of Canadian households report that a household member volunteered their time to teach others about nature
In 2015, 8% of Canadian households reported that a member of the household volunteered their time to teach others about nature, with households in British Columbia (10%), Nova Scotia (9%) and Alberta (9%) most likely to have reported this.
For more information, you can take a look at some Canadian facts compiled to mark World Environment Day... by the numbers and visit the World Environment Day website.
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