The COP26 climate summit continues in the Scottish city of Glasgow, on which world leaders are counting on finding radical solutions to confront climate change and reduce emissions.
In conjunction with the Cop26 summit, a poll conducted in 10 countries, including the United States, Britain, France and Germany, showed that citizens are concerned about the climate change crisis.
Survey respondents say they are doing more to preserve the planet than anyone else, including their own governments, and few are willing to make major lifestyle changes.
Participants criticized the efforts of governments to move towards saving the planet and reducing emissions, and it was found that 62% of the people surveyed saw the climate crisis as the main environmental challenge facing the world, before air pollution (39%), the impact of waste (38%) and new diseases ( 36%).
And when asked to rate their individual actions against others such as governments, companies and the media, people generally saw themselves as more committed to the environment than others in their community or any institution.
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About 36% rated themselves as “extremely committed” to preserving the planet, while only 21% felt the same was true of the media and 19% of local government.
Only about 18% of those surveyed indicated that their local community committed to the same amount of action to preserve the planet, with national governments (17%) and large corporations (13%) being less involved.
Participants were not motivated to do more themselves, and 76% of those surveyed said they would accept stricter environmental rules and regulations, but nearly half (46%) felt there was no real need for them to change their personal habits.
In contrast, only 51% indicated that they would definitely take individual climate action.
People in Poland and Singapore (56%) were the most willing to work, and least willing to work in Germany (44%) and the Netherlands (37%).
The most common reasons for not wanting to do more for the planet were:
- I feel proud of what I do now (74%).
- There is no agreement among experts about the best solution (72%).
- I need more resources and equipment from public authorities (69%).
While the reasons for not wanting to take further measures to protect the land were as follows:
- I can’t stand these efforts (60%).
- I lack information and guidance on what to do (55%).
- I don’t think individual efforts can really influence (39%).
- I think environmental threats are exaggerated (35%).
- I don’t have the space to think about it (33%).
Solutions To Save The Planet
The survey touched on measures that should prioritize the preservation of the planet; Participants feel it is necessary to focus on measures that were already well-established, require less individual effort, or for which they bear little direct responsibility.
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About 57%, for example, said that reducing waste and increasing recycling is “very important.” Among the priorities are stopping deforestation (54%), protecting endangered animal species (52%), and building energy-efficient buildings (47%). and replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy (45%).
Respondents viewed actions likely to affect their lifestyles as much less important, with reducing people’s energy consumption being considered a priority by only 32%, with public transportation preferred over cars (25%), and changing the agricultural model (24%) not being given priority. similarly popular.
And about 23% confirmed that reducing air travel and imposing more fees on products that do not respect environmental standards are important to preserving the planet, with banning fossil fuel vehicles (22%), reducing meat consumption (18%) and international trade (17%) were considered to them as lower priorities.
The Role Of Governments
The study, published by the Guardian newspaper, said that citizens are undoubtedly concerned about the state of the planet, but the results raise doubts about their level of commitment to preserving it. Rather than translating into a greater desire to change their habits, citizens’ concerns focus specifically on their negative evaluation of government efforts.
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The survey included representative samples of more than 1,000 people in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Singapore and New Zealand.
People gave themselves the highest degree of commitment everywhere except Sweden, while only in Singapore and New Zealand were national governments considered high participation, the gap between citizens seeing their own efforts (44%) and their own government (16%) was the highest in the UK.