Edinburgh Talks Climate Citizen Survey

Closed 31 May 2020

Opened 20 Nov 2019

Results updated 23 Sep 2020

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Edinburgh Talks Climate Survey. Your feedback is invaluable. Response to the survey is guiding our selection of ongoing engagement methods. Further engagement work is being designed to target a more diverse range of Edinburgh residents.

You can view a summary of the survey results here.

The results from this survey will continue to shape our Edinburgh Talks Climate online discussion forum. This will allow us to determine a level of support for sustainability ideas and activities, on topics such as travel, home energy and food waste, whilst encouraging citizens to share and learn from others, as well as take independent action.  Get involved in the conversation here




Give us your views: online survey

Last year, a landmark report by the United Nations warned that, unless urgent action is taken, the opportunity to avoid the worst effects of climate change will be missed.

The Climate Change Plan Scotland 2018 set out the continuing actions of Scottish Government to ensure Scotland meets the climate challenge. Following on from this, Scotland became the first country to declare a climate emergency in early 2019 and the Climate Change Bill 2019 set a challenging national target for Scotland to be Carbon Neutral by 2045.

The City of Edinburgh Council recognises the vital role of local government in addressing climate change and in May formally declared a climate emergency and committed to becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2030.

Why your views matter

Meeting the challenges of the climate emergency will require the widespread support of national and local government, other public and voluntary organisations, the private sector and all of Edinburgh’s residents. While the climate emergency represents a fundamental risk to the planet that we have a responsibility to address, climate action also presents a huge opportunity to improve our quality of life and shape a city that is healthier, more sustainable, and fairer for everyone.

The Council is embarking on a city-wide programme of activity that will involve launching a city Climate Commission to support and encourage public, private and third sector partners to take action.

As that work continues, we would like to improve understanding of the climate emergency and encourage everyone to take independent action.  The Council is beginning engagement to understand the level of support for actions that can be taken to tackle climate change by key partners and individuals. We also want to understand what barriers prevent organisations and individual citizens making changes that would benefit our environment.  

We are inviting citizens to provide their views on the climate emergency and to help us begin a conversation about how we take action locally to safeguard the planet for future generations.  You can click on the link below to take part in our survey.  It should take about 15 minutes to complete.

Your feedback is invaluable, and we will be using the findings of this survey to guide our ongoing engagement programme.




  • All Edinburgh


  • Anyone from any background


  • All interests