By Jerico Espinas |
Global climate change can be affected by even the smallest of changes, when applied on a grand scale. Indeed, the way a society frames climate change issues — through acceptance or through skepticism — can greatly impact the content of environmental legislation. Framing as a mechanism of change can be seen through England’s decision to positively frame environmental issues, notably by creating a national identity as a ‘green and pleasant land.’ As a result of this positive framing, many of England’s citizens have decided to endorse and uphold greener and more sustainable practices.
- New household improvements that increased the efficiency of energy consumption. These include better loft and cavity insulation, as well as more efficient lighting.
- Energy rating scales for properties and household appliances. These scales allow consumers to make more informed decisions about their purchases, and pushes corporations to make more energy efficient products
- Improved efficiency of gas boilers and condensing boilers. These new improvements supply civilians with both efficiently-generated hot water and central heating.
- Increased gas and electricity prices in the UK in almost all years within the study’s time frame. The increased prices forced many families to cut their energy bills in order to save money in an already tight economy.
- Increased public awareness and acceptance of energy consumption and environmental issues.