World Environment Day - Canadians among the most concerned about global warming



    According to a major international survey, Canadians are very worried
    about this problem and among the people most ready to change their
    habits.

    MONTREAL, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - According to the results of a CROP survey
carried out within the framework of the 2008 AXA Retirement Scope, Canadians,
both actives and retirees, are among the most concerned by climate change and
the most worried about its consequences for future generations. Women seem to
be the most concerned in the country.

    Canadian retirees at second rank of "concerned people" in the world

    According to this survey, carried out among 18,000 working and retired
people in more than 26 countries in the world, Canadian retirees (43%) are at
the second rank of the "very concerned people" regarding global warming, in a
tie with Thailand retirees, but far behind Japanese retirees (56%), who are by
far the most concerned. In all countries under consideration, more than half
the population is concerned about global warming.

    Canadians ready to change

    Canada is near the top of the list of countries whose citizens say they
are prepared to change their habits (90%) to fight global warming, right
behind Thailand (93%). It should be noted that 74.5% of the Canadians
approached said they were ready to pay more for environmentally friendly
products, clearly above the international average (63.5%). It should be added
that most Canadians believe that they can personally take action to fight
climate change, among them a greater proportion of actives (75%) than retirees
(68%). This conviction is certainly not inconsistent with Canadians'
determination to change their habits.

    Impact on next generations

    In Canada, most respondents agree that the next generation will suffer
significantly more from climate change. Once again, women are the most
worried. Working Canadians believe they will suffer more than the generation
already retired.
    In an international comparison, Canada is in the third place with regard
to the consequences of global warming on the next generations. Thailand,
directly affected by the 2004 tsunami, and Portugal, affected by serious
fires, are the countries where this perception is strongest.

    Who is responsible for climate change?

    Canadians have little doubt about industry's responsibility for climate
change. But a large majority (76.5%) also ascribe blame to individuals.
Quebeckers are more inclined than most to acknowledge their personal
responsibility in the matter. Our governments should note that 75% of the
population, including many actives (79%) and women (80%) holds them
responsible.
    Canada (90%) is well within the international mean (86%) when it comes to
attributing responsibility for climate change to industry and among the
countries whose population is most aware of the responsibility of individuals
and government authorities since the international average (68.5% in both
cases) shows little awareness of the responsibility of these parties.
    Canadians (19.5%), Americans (42%) and Australians (23%) consider that
their country has contributed to global warming beyond the survey average,
which is 15.5%. Only 13.5% of Canadians and 13% of Australians judge that
their country contributes to solving the problems while 35.5% of Americans,
37% of British and 52% of Germans recognize the role of their country in this
regard (survey average: 17.5%).

    All 2008 AXA Retirement Scope Canadian results (with international
comparison) can be found on the following website: www.axa.ca

    About the AXA Retirement Scope

    The AXA Retirement Scope is an international survey whose objectives are
to explore and understand the attitudes of the population regarding retirement
and contrast image and reality.
    The survey, whose sample is made up of more than 18,000 actives and
retirees, was carried out in 26 countries during the fall of 2007 by a
consortium of research firms led by the GFK Group and represented by CROP in
Canada.
    Analyzed countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany,
Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, New
Zealand, the Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia,
Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    About AXA Canada

    Operating throughout Canada, AXA offers its clients, through its
2,200 employees and some 4,000 brokers and consultants, an extensive range of
damage and personal insurance products and financial services. In 2007, its
sales amounted to CAN$1.74 and its net earnings reached CAN$196.1 million. AXA
Canada is a member of the AXA Group, a world leader in Financial Protection,
whose activities take place mostly in Western Europe, North America and the
Asia/Pacific region. Throughout the world, 67 million clients put their trust
in AXA. For further information about AXA Canada, please visit www.axa.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Christiane Jacob, Communications Department,
AXA Canada, (514) 282-6033, 1-800-461-4343, christiane.jacob@axa-canada.com

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