Majority responding to City of Edmonds survey say they are concerned about climate change

The City of Edmonds has released the results of its recent Climate Action Plan survey, which indicate that a majority of respondents are concerned about the impacts of climate change.

A majority of survey respondents noted they were “extremely concerned” about wildfires (64%), loss of habitat and species (58%), and poor air quality (55%). The majority of those replying to the survey also reported being very concerned about how climate change will impact the well-being of future generations.

Currently, the city is working to update its Climate Action Plan and take steps to reduce local impacts on the climate.

“It’s true, one city cannot solve climate issues by itself,” said Development Services Director Shane Hope. “But if Edmonds is doing its part—and others are doing their parts too– we can make a real difference.”

In 2020, the city began working to update the 2010 Climate Action Plan. As part of the process, a survey was developed to get public input on actions supporting climate protection and reducing the city’s carbon footprint.

The online survey was open from March 29 to May 3. It had been announced at a public workshop and through press releases and other outreach, including postcards sent to 4,000 randomly selected households. Also, paper copies of the survey went to 600 randomly selected local addresses.

In total, the city received 415 responses — 320 web survey responses and 95 paper survey responses. Of those, 285 survey respondents lived in Edmonds. and 102 survey respondents lived and worked in Edmonds.

Survey responses show that some local residents are already taking actions to reduce climate impacts by conserving energy at home and work. Among the activities listed were recycling regularly, turning off lights and water at home, investing in home energy improvements, eating less meat and more vegetable protein, and washing laundry in cold water.

Respondents also note the need for more action and resources to deal with such a significant issue.

Complete results of the survey are posted on the city website at this link.


  1. So if 4600 surveys (4000 postcards and 600 paper surveys) were sent out and the city only received 415 returns, that is a 9.02 rate of return. This rate of return is so low, are the results significant?

  2. I am concerned about climate change, at the same time I don’t think a city of 40,000 can make a substantial difference in proportion to the damage those measures would do to the quality of life of its citizens

  3. Our local efforts can at least make a difference in our local quality of life. I have been reading articles about how a neighborhood with trees can be up to 20 degrees cooler during a heat wave than a treeless concrete area.

  4. Edmonds can do its part by not adopting the Housing Commission Proposals — not up-zoning, not eliminating single family housing, and not increasing density, traffic, and pollution. When the City allows developers to clear cut trees and cover existing single family lots with buildings and pavement, they take away open space, trees and vegetation that cool and clean the air. It’s all the development and the pollution that comes with it that affects our climate and environment. Shane Hope, the real difference we can make is in your hands and the hands of the Council, Mayor and Planning Department. I hope that you will all do the right thing for Edmonds, our citizens, the climate and the environment and not support up-zoning and overdevelopment of our charming, special city.

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