Governments' response to global warming judged unsatisfactory by world population

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People around the world would like their governments to make climate change a higher priority.

As COP26 takes place in Glasgow through November 12, individuals around the world believe that governments are not doing enough to fight global warming, a study reveals. Of the 12,000 people surveyed, more than half have become aware in the last five years of the climate emergency and of actions to take.

A global study by Dynata on global consumer trends and the fight against global warming reports that nearly 8 out of 10 people around the world believe that "governments need to act on, and hold one another accountable for, shared climate change goals."

This study, published on November 3, questioned a sample of 12,000 people around the world. From the United States to Canada, Germany, China, India and France. It comes at a time when representatives from most countries are meeting during the first week of the COP21 in Glasgow.

Urgency to act

Consumers around the world seem to be aware of the issues: 84% of the 12,000 people surveyed said they were certain that climate change is real. And action is urgently needed. About 70% believe that it is urgent to put plans into action and take important measures. A statement that was not necessarily agreed upon a few years ago, since 65% declared that these measures are much more urgent now than they were five years ago.

Governments' responses seen as insufficient

Among the 12,000 people surveyed, less than 30% said their country was a leader in the fight against global warming. A statistic that shows that governments still have a long way to go.

Even more critical, respondents don't believe politicians are doing enough and that their actions don't measure up to their words. Nearly 70% "would like their country's government to make climate change a higher priority." This sentiment is shared by environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who called COP26 "a PR event."

The Dynata study is taken from its report "The Urgent Fight Against Climate Change" conducted from September 28 to October 5, 2021 among 12,096 people aged 16 to 74 in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, China, Japan, India and Australia.

Louis Bolla

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