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Climate change a serious issue for more than 9 in 10 Irish people
A new EU survey shows that 91% of Irish respondents consider climate change to be a serious problem with 68% considering it a very serious problem. This compares to an EU average of 92% and a high of 97% in Greece. The survey, which was carried out in March, also shows that 95% of Irish respondents take personal action to fight climate change, above the EU average of 90%.
The most common actions taken by Irish people were:
- reducing waste and regularly separating it for recycling (79% compared to an EU average of 71%);
- cutting down on consumption of disposable items (66% compared to an EU average of 56%);
- buying locally produced and seasonal food whenever possible (40% compared to an EU average of 41%);
- taking energy consumption into account when buying household appliances (31% compared to an EU average of 37%);
- insulating their home better (25% compared to an EU average of 18%)
- regularly using environmentally-friendly alternatives to your private car such as walking, cycling, taking public transport or car-sharing (23% compared to an EU average of 26%).
The survey also shows that:
- More than 4 in 10 (42%) Irish people think that climate change is single most serious problem facing the world (down 8 percentage points since 2015). This is just below the EU average of 43% but well below Sweden in top place at 76%. People in the Czech Republic (22%) were the least likely to see climate change as the single biggest issue facing the world.
- 88% of Irish people believe more public financial support should be given to the transition to clean energies, third highest in the EU behind Malta (90%) and Greece (89%). The EU average is 79%.
- 96% of Irish people think it is important for the government to set targets to increase the amount of renewable energy such as wind or solar power used by 2030, fourth highest in Europe behind Malta 99%, Cyprus 97% and Netherland 97%. The EU average is 89%. And 95% of Irish people (fourth highest in Europe) believe the government should support energy efficiency by for example encouraging people to insulate their homes or buy electric cars. The EU average is 88%.
Over one thousand people in Ireland were interviewed face-to-face for the survey between 18 and 27 March.