Climate change for behavior change, 80% of respondents tell Pew

Climate change for behavior change, 80% of respondents tell Pew

A general view of cars lit as the Dixie Fire continues in Indian Falls, California, the United States, July 26, 2021.

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Climate change becomes personal.

Four in five people are ready to change the way they work and live to help mitigate the effects of global climate change, according to new data released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan data group. are ready.

Only 19% of those polled said they would be willing to make little or no change to help mitigate the effects of global climate change.

People fear that climate change will affect their own lives: 72% of respondents are very or somewhat concerned that global climate change is going to harm them personally at some point in their lives. Meanwhile, 27% of those polled are not very or not at all concerned that climate change will harm them personally in their lifetime.

The data comes from a survey of 18,850 people in advanced economies.

From March 12 to May 26, 2021, the Pew Research Center interviewed 16,254 adults by telephone in Canada, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, New Zealand Zealand, Singapore. South Korea and Taiwan.

From February 1-7, the Pew Research Center conducted an online survey of 2,596 American adults and the responses were weighted based on gender, race, ethnicity, partisan affiliation, education and other categories to be representative of the American adult population.

A Divided Party Line in America

More respondents on the left side of the ideological spectrum were ready to make changes in their personal lives and work habits to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

The survey clearly demonstrated the political polarization in America, with a great disparity between conservatives and liberals in their expressed will to change.

In the survey, 45% of U.S. conservatives said they were ready to change the way they live and work to help mitigate the effects of global climate change, while 94% of liberals said they were ready. to change eh.

This is a difference of 49 percentage points, which is more than any other country.

In Germany, for example, 94% of liberals are ready to change, compared to 72% of conservatives, a difference of 22 points. In Italy, the difference is only 7 percentage points: 96% for the liberals against 89% for the conservatives.

While people are very concerned about climate change, they are not so confident that humanity will rise to the challenge.

In particular, respondents say the United States and China are reacting badly to climate change.

When asked residents of other countries what they think the United States is doing in its response to climate change, 61% of those surveyed said ‘bad’. Of the survey respondents, only 36% said “good”.

China is doing less well: 78% of survey respondents say China is reacting badly to climate change while 18% said China is doing well.

Both the EU and the United Nations do much better in the court of public opinion: 63% of respondents said the EU was doing a good job in responding to climate change (31% said the wrong answer) and 56% of respondents said the United Nations does a good job (39% said bad).

Overall, 56% say their own company is doing a little or a very good job in tackling climate change, while 44% say their own company is doing a lot or a bad job.

Overall, young people are more concerned about climate change than older people. Additionally, women tend to be more anxious than men.

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