The infographic below shows citizens’ sentiment towards climate change in the European Union, the United States of America and China. In terms of levels of concern towards climate change, the EU comes in first, ahead of China and the USA.
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A carbon tax on air travel is generally supported. However, the survey reveals significant differences in the level of backing: 93% of Chinese citizens support a carbon tax on air travel, compared to 72% of Europeans and only 60% of Americans. 84% of Europeans favour more pedestrian-only areas in city centres and 82% support a ban on high-emission vehicles in city centres.
Europeans are in favour of taxing air travel to fight climate change: 72% of respondents say they are in favour of a carbon tax on flights. This is 10 points higher than the percentage of Europeans who would support a ban on short-distance flights (62%). Furthermore, 84% are in favour of pedestrianising city centres and 82% support a ban on high-emission vehicles in city centres.
64% of Europeans appear ready to opt for public transport for environmental purposes over driving. In comparison, 93% of Chinese citizens and just 49% of Americans say they are already opting for this behaviour. Within the European Union, Eastern Europe stands out for its high use of public transport. Additionally, the survey finds that while only 3% of Europeans and 5% of Americans say they have replaced their car with an electric model, 26% of Chinese respondents state they have already done so.