Study: few people are willing to change their lifestyle for climate

That is the conclusion of an international study in ten countries, including the Netherlands, which The Guardian writes about.

In addition to the Dutch, scientists surveyed more than 1,000 residents from the United States, Great Britain, Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Singapore and New Zealand.

Main environmental challenge

Some 62 percent of people see the climate crisis as the most important environmental challenge facing the world today, followed by air pollution (39 percent), waste (38 percent) and new diseases (36 percent).

“There are two lessons for governments to learn from this study,” scientist Emmanuel Rivière told the British newspaper. In the first place, governments must ‘better meet the expectations of citizens’.

Bringing solutions

In addition, governments no longer need to convince people of the seriousness of the climate crisis – that has already happened – but solutions must be proposed. And the responsibilities for those solutions must be shared equally.


51 percent of those polled said they will take action to save the climate, 14 percent certainly do not intend to and 35 percent do not know yet.

It is striking that of all residents surveyed, the Dutch are the least willing (37 percent) to take action. Residents of Poland and Singapore (56 percent) are the most willing.

Changing lifestyle

The reason people don’t want to change their lifestyle? This is mainly because people are ‘satisfied with what they are doing now’ (74 percent), experts disagree about the right solution (72 percent) and the government needs to step up with the right tools (69 percent).

Only in Sweden did residents feel that others do more for the climate than themselves. Residents of Singapore and New Zealand are the only ones praising the government’s actions to tackle the climate problem.

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