With the UN climate conference taking place in Paris, a poll of
1,306 people in the UK has ranked climate change the third most
serious problem facing the world.
14% of Brits say climate change is the single most serious
problem facing the world as a whole, behind poverty, hunger and
lack of drinking water (30%) and international terrorism (28%).
This Eurobarometer study by Kantar's TNS Opinion shows there are
significant regional across Europe, for example, in Sweden, Finland
and Denmark, climate change is seen as the single most serious
challenge facing the world.
The 147 leaders attending COP21 should take note, 42% of people
think tackling climate change is the responsibility of national
governments. However, there has been an increase in the proportion
of Europeans who think there is a collective responsibility for
tackling climate change (16%, compared to 10% in 2013). In the UK
that figure is significantly higher, 23% of Brits say it is
everyone's responsibility to tackle climate change.
Overall, British people are less worried about climate change
than the European average. When asked 'how serious a problem do you
think climate change is at the moment'? 15% of Brits say 'not a
serious problem' compared to the 8% EU average. 69% of people
across the EU think climate change is 'a very serious problem' at
the moment, compared to the UK average of 53%.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has told the conference that
climate change goes beyond national borders and that it was "a
shared mission for all mankind". British people agree, 93% say
fighting climate change will only be effective if all countries of
the world act together.
Source : Kantar, Kantar TNS