What people aged 55 and over think about environmental issues at this current time?
Envirosurvey55 (www.envirosurvey55.com) is being conducted by an international consortium of older people organisations and universities.
The consortium is led by the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York (UK) and the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre (Canada) and includes Help Age International, Age UK, Community Service Volunteers’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) and the Council On The Ageing (COTA) – Victoria (Australia).
In June 2012 the environment will once again be in the international spotlight as world leaders descend on Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) for the United Nations Conference for Environment and Development or “Earth Summit”.
They want to want to know what people aged 55 and over think about environmental issues at this current time.
Evidence shows that some older people in certain regions of the world can be disproportionately affected by environmental problems such as air pollution, climate change-related heat waves and other natural disasters.
It is important that seniors around the world make their voices heard so that policy makers can take action to better prepare for the needs of an ageing population.
In addition, recent research, surveys and consultations have exposed the missed opportunities associated with the lack of closer engagement of the over 55s in general discussion on environmental issues.
They (and we) would be grateful if you could promote this on-line questionnaire to your networks. The survey closes on 31 March 2012.