Ontario Science Centre study shows three quarters of Canadians feel that
climate change will lead to more serious natural disasters
TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - According to a new study commissioned by the
Ontario Science Centre, 76 per cent of Canadians feel that natural
disasters are occurring more frequently and also believe that climate
change will lead to more serious occurrences in the future. Ironically,
despite this concern, one in three Canadians say they do not know what
supplies they would need to get through an emergency.
"This study shows us that Canadians have a gap in their knowledge about
what to do if faced with a natural disaster," said Lesley Lewis, CEO,
Ontario Science Centre. "These findings make our upcoming exhibition Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters even more relevant. It's our opportunity to educate the public on
natural disasters in a compelling and engaging way."
When it comes to emergency preparedness, the study found that most
Canadians believe they have enough food, water and supplies to last the
recommended 72 hours in case of an emergency. However, one in five
Canadians say they will not be able to reach the 72-hour mark.
The study was prepared in time for the upcoming launch of the Ontario
Science Centre's new temporary exhibition, Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters, opening February 11. The exhibition features activities and
educational material on natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic
eruptions, hurricanes and tornadoes and how people cope and adapt in
the aftermath of such disasters. Activities include: an interactive
display of real-time earthquake activity across the globe, a
build-your-own volcano station, the stories of Hurricane Katrina
survivors and a station that makes you feel as though you are in the
centre of a tornado.
Additional Survey Highlights:
76 per cent of Canadians also either strongly agree or somewhat agree
that climate change will lead to more serious natural disasters in the
One in four Canadians believe major natural disasters such as floods or
tornadoes are likely to pose a risk to their households in the next few
22 per cent of Canadians think an earthquake is likely to pose a risk to
their home in the next five years.
15 per cent of Canadians believe a hurricane is likely to pose a risk to
their home in the next five years.
Regional perceptions of these risks vary significantly - earthquakes are
of concern to the majority of British Columbians; while for most
Atlantic Canadians, hurricanes are a major concern. In Ontario 29 per
cent say a tornado is likely to pose a risk to their homes.
Older Canadians and female Canadians are somewhat more likely to say
disasters are more frequent and more likely to pose a risk to their
82 per cent of women either strongly agree or somewhat agree that
natural disasters are occurring more frequently compared with only 68%
The survey was conducted by The Gandalf Group with an online survey
amongst 1,020 Canadians. The survey was conducted in French and English
on January 20th and 21st, 2011.
This exhibition and its national tour were developed by the Field
National Tour Sponsor: Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
About the Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and
actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and
thinking about themselves and the world around them. The Ontario
Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more
information, visit www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca or call our box office at 416-696-1000. Twitter: @ontsciencectr
SOURCE Ontario Science Centre
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