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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).

What's happening?

In April to May 2019, 1250 people throughout the region responded to a survey and interviews where many told us without prompting what actions they were taking in their daily lives to help the environment. Similarly in 2016, 1250 people were surveyed or interviewed. This was a repeat of surveys we ran in June 1998 when we surveyed 1037 people, October to November 2003 when we surveyed 1873 people, September to October 2003 when we surveyed 1822 people, September to October 2006 when 1003 people were surveyed and January to March 2013, when 1005 people were surveyed.

In 2003, 2006, 2013, 2016 and 2019 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.

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When this indicator is updated

This indicator is updated every three years. The next update is due in 2022.

Contact at Waikato Regional Council

Social Scientist - Science and Strategy Directorate



Updated 27 June 2019