Research unveiled on Wednesday paints a bleak picture of the West Midlands in 2050 if action is not taken now to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
A study commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust found that 40 per cent of the region’s residents fear the UK will need its own carbon police force, while 23 per cent believe people who refuse to change their lifestyles will be forced to take energy addiction classes.
Almost six out of 10 people questioned believe the Government will enforce tough laws to make Britons reach environmental targets.
The report outlines steps that the Energy Trust believes need to be taken for the UK to reduce its carbon emissions by up to 80 per cent by 2050.
These include carbon-cutting measures to address the way our homes are built, the source of energy we use, how we travel, our use of water and how we use resources and deal with waste.
Chief executive Philip Sellwood said: “The West Midlands’ perception is that by 2050 we could have the sort of draconian infringements on our civil liberties that have been highlighted in our research. This need not be the case.
“The carbon emissions we all produce from our homes and travel amount to over 40 per cent of the UK’s total emissions so we all have a part to play.
“Our report outlines the Trust’s vision for achieving a low-carbon lifestyle by 2050 where we meet our 80 per cent reduction targets without adopting austere lifestyles or making unpleasant personal sacrifices.”