The Real Estate Foundation of BC recently released and opinion poll outlining British Columbians opinions and values on land use, sustainability, and conservation.

Here are some of the findings that might interest the ACT community:

  • 81% of British Columbians support strong penalties (including jail time) for people and companies who pollute or severely damage natural habitat.
  • BC residents see the environment, nature, and climate as top contributors to their quality of life.
  • If forced to pick, 69% of BC residents will choose “ecosystem protections” over “economic growth” (24%). That’s a margin of almost 3:1!
  • When making land use decisions, 84% of British Columbians say “local needs for food, energy, and water” are extremely or quite important.

For the Sustainable Land Use: A Public Opinion Survey of British Columbians report see here.