Climate change is Europeans’ top concern over COVID

Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, a new survey published on Monday, July 5, found that climate change is one of the top concerns for Europeans.

In one of the latest Eurobarometer studies, aimed at gauging how Europeans felt about climate change, it is found that nine out of ten Europeans said that they believe climate change is a more pressing problem, according to 78 percent of respondents.

Climate change was the most-mentioned global problem by respondents in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, and Finland. By contrast, less than a third said so in Romania, Bulgaria, and Latvia.

Around 40 percent of the respondents said that they are personally responsible for tackling climate change, while the majority said that they were doing something to improve the situation.

Some 75 percent regularly recycle and try to reduce waste. Other 60 percent reduce their use of non-biodegradable wastes such as plastic bags, cups, and straws. Meanwhile, a third of Europeans opt to adopt alternative dietary habits by buying more organic food or eating less meat.

A large majority of Europeans said that national governments, businesses, and industries, along with EU institutions are responsible for tackling climate change within the 27-nation bloc. Additionally, this majority said that their own governments are not doing enough to mitigate the crisis.

“Despite the pandemic and the economic hardship Europeans are facing, support for climate action remains high,” said the EU commissioner for the Green Deal, Frans Timmermans.

“Europeans recognize the long-term risks posed by the climate and biodiversity crises, and expect industry, governments, and the European Union to take action,” he added.

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