Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Climate Change

What Does The World Think About The Climate Emergency?

Do you feel the impacts of the climate emergency at all? Do you want to see faster and greater action to slow down global warming and mitigate its damage?

Your answer probably depends on where and how you live, what your level of education is and how old you are. Although numbers are only a part of the problem, let’s look at some of them first.

In early 2021, UNDP published the People’s Climate Vote, the world’s largest survey of public opinion on climate change. 1.2 million people from 50 countries, covering 56% of the world’s population, responded.

So what did the “world” think about the emergency and what to do about it?

Overall, 64% of people said that climate change is an emergency; this on its own is a clear and compelling call for decision-makers to step up their ambition.

Does it matter where you live?

If you live in a small island developing state (SIDS), i.e. a country with a low coastline, your likelihood of viewing the climate crisis as an emergency increases to 74%. If you are a citizen of a least developed country, it drops to 58%.

Support was highest in SIDS (74%), followed by high income countries (72%), middle income countries (62%) and LDCs (58%). Regionally, the pro- portion of people citing climate change as a global emergency was high across the board.

What about people’s socio-economic background?

The most crucial socio-demographic factor influencing belief in the climate emergency and climate action is a person’s educational background. If you have been privileged to enjoy higher (post-secondary) education, your belief in the climate emergency and the call for climate action will be above 82%, whether you live in Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, France, or Japan.

What does humanity think about the urgency of action?

Of those who said climate change is a global emergency, 59% said the world should do whatever is necessary to urgently respond. 20% said we should act slowly, while 10% thought the world was already doing enough.

Humanity is further along than governments admit

It seems certain, then, that people around the globe are demanding much more climate action than our decision-makers are pledging and implementing.

By Murat Suner

Originally published on The Beam.

THE BEAM is powered by FairPlanet. Subscribe to our newsletter.

Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality and cleantech news coverage? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.

Don't want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Written By

The Beam Magazine is an independent climate solutions and climate action magazine. It tells about the most exciting solutions, makes a concrete contribution to eliminating climate injustices and preserving this planet for all of us in its diversity and beauty. Our cross-country team of editors works with a network of 150 local journalists in 50 countries talking to change makers and communities. THE BEAM is published in Berlin and distributed in nearly 1,000 publicly accessible locations, to companies, organizations and individuals in 40 countries across the world powered by FairPlanet.


You May Also Like

Clean Power

President Biden included energy efficient, electric air sourced heat pumps in a laundry list of action steps to tackle the climate emergency, including a...

Clean Transport

A recent piece by my colleague Steve covered the disaster that the rollout of USPS trucks has become. I won’t rehash it all here,...


In a move that's good news for Kiwis of all kinds, New Zealand now requires that ALL government departments buy EVs over ICEs.

Air Quality

Vancouver still lags China on decarbonized transportation in many ways, but is obviously a leader in North America.

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.