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Protecting the environment is important to Europeans

The latest Eurobarometer survey results focusing on the environment have been released. The survey was carried out in the 28 Member States of the European Union between the 26th April and 11th May 2014. The survey aimed to assess the perceptions, attitudes and practices of EU citizens towards the environment.

Image courtesy of DG Environment

Image courtesy of DG Environment

The survey found that 95% of the 28,000 interviewed citizens believe that protecting the environment is important and many think more can be done. The survey also revealed that 85% of Europeans believe they have a role to play in protecting the environment, thus highlighting the rise in a sense of environmental responsibility. 75% of respondents say they are ready to purchase environmentally-friendly products, even if it means at a higher price. Respondents were also found to worry most about air pollution (56%) and water pollution (50%) ranking the highest, as well as waste generation.

According to Janez Potočnik European Commissioner for the Environment “It is good to see such solid and widespread support for the protection of the environment, even in difficult times. People are particularly concerned about air and water pollution, chemicals and waste, and they feel that more must be done by everyone to protect the environment.”

To find out more about the latest Eurobarometer survey findings click here.