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Eurobarometer survey: According to Europeans, climate change is the most serious problem we face today

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This Eurobarometer survey shows that European citizens believe climate change is the single most serious problem facing the world. More than nine out of ten people surveyed consider climate change to be a serious problem (93%), with almost eight out of ten (78%) considering it to be very serious. 

 

In Romania, less than one in ten respondents (7%, below the EU average of 18%) consider climate change to be the single most serious problem facing the world. As in 2019, climate change is ranked fourth in Romania. In addition, two thirds of respondents (66%) think that climate change is a very serious problem, a lower proportion than in the EU as a whole (78%).

 

More than half of respondents in Romania believe that the European Union (52% vs the EU average of 57%) and national governments (51% vs the EU average of 63%) are responsible for tackling climate change, increases of nine and five percentage points respectively since 2019. Just over a quarter of respondents (26%, considerably below the EU average of 41%) say they feel personally responsible for tackling climate change.

 

In addition, respondents in Romania are the least likely in any EU Member State to say they have taken action to fight climate change in the past six months (31%, less than half of the EU average of 64%). This proportion rises to 83% (below the EU average of 96%) when asked to choose from a list of 15 possible actions to fight climate change, still the lowest proportion of any EU Member State.

 

More specifically, respondents in Romania are generally less likely to have taken any action to fight climate change. On the other hand, they are more likely to have better insulated their home to reduce their energy consumption (23%, compared with the EU average of 18%). Just over seven in ten respondents in Romania (71%, largely below the EU average of 87%) agree that tackling climate change and environmental issues should be a priority to improve public health. Respondents in Romania are the least likely in any EU Member State (61%, compared with the EU average of 74%) to agree that the cost of damage due to climate change is much higher than the investment needed for a green transition.

 

A large proportion of respondents in Romania think it is important that both their national government (83% vs the EU average of 88%) and the European Union (79% vs the EU average of 87%) set ambitious targets to increase the amount of renewable energy used by 2030. Close to eight in ten respondents in Romania (79%, below the EU average of 90%) agree that the EU economy should be climate-neutral by 2050. Finally, they are the least likely in any EU Member State (54%, considerably below the EU average of 75%) to think that the money from the economic recovery plan should mainly be invested in the new green economy.

 

(More details on :file:///home/cristiana/Desc%C4%83rc%C4%83ri/ebs_513_fs_ro_en.pdf)

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