Citizen support for climate action
Europeans are concerned about climate change and support action across the EU, according to a recent survey by the European Commission (Eurobarometer).
Main survey findings
- 91% see climate change as a serious problem, 69% as a "very serious" and 22% as a "fairly serious" problem.
- Most people agree (93%) that fighting climate change will only be effective if all countries of the world act together.
- The vast majority of Europeans support national action on improving energy efficiency (92%) and on increasing the use of renewable energy (91%) by 2030.
Boosting the economy and jobs
81% of EU citizens – and a substantial majority in every country – recognise that fighting climate change and using energy more efficiently can boost the economy and create jobs.
93% of respondents had already taken some action against climate change such as reducing and recycling waste (74%) and trying to cut their use of disposable items such as plastic bags from supermarkets and excessive packaging (57%).
Individual country information
Find out about attitudes towards climate change in countries across the EU