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They constantly implore us to do what we can to save the planet.
But a wide-ranging study of the habits of green activists has found that many do not practise what they preach.
Researchers - Conservationists - Engage - Behaviour - Average
Researchers found that conservationists ‘often engage in environmentally harmful behaviour’. This included taking an average of nine flights a year – far more than the typical Briton.
This is despite air travel being one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases, which lead to global warming.
Conservationists - Meat - Tests - Issues - Activists
Conservationists were also found to regularly eat meat, and did not score any better in tests on environmental issues than some who were not green activists.
The researchers, from Cambridge University and the University of Vermont, said there was ‘little correlation between the extent of environmental knowledge and environmentally friendly behaviour’.
Study - Participants - UK - US - Scientists
In a study of 734 participants from across the UK and US, the scientists gathered data on a range of lifestyle choices, including use of bottled water, air travel, meat consumption and...
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