- A majority of US, EU and Chinese citizens consider themselves and international organisations as best placed to lead action against climate change
- 35% of EU and US citizens support national spending for climate action in developing countries as well as in their own
- 78% of Europeans describe themselves as concerned or alarmed about climate change, vs. 65% in China and 63% in the USA
Citizens in the EU, the US and China have similar attitudes when it comes to climate action. They agree that they themselves and international organisations should take the lead in combatting climate change. More than a third each of Americans and Europeans back their governments in supporting developing countries’ climate initiatives. These are results of the fifth part of the EIB climate survey, published on the margins of the IMF/WB spring meetings #EUatSpringMeetings in Washington D.C.. The survey has been developed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) in partnership with the global public opinion company YouGov. It unveils how 25 000 citizens in the European Union, the United States and China feel towards climate change.
Emma Navarro, EIB Vice-President Responsible for Climate and Environment Finance, commented on the EIB Climate Survey findings: “Europe’s strategic vision for a prosperous, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050 outlines how climate neutrality can be achieved with substantial investment. The EIB climate survey shows that individual citizens welcome the leading role of international institutions to fight climate change. Unlocking engagement of all partners and crowding-in private sector financing are essential to succeed in this fight. As the EU climate bank, the EIB is looking forward to strengthening its support to implement the Paris agreement with global partners.”
Stavros Lambrinidis, the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, said: “EU policy recognises that climate change and environmental degradation know no borders. National institutions alone cannot tackle this challenge. That is why climate action must stay firmly on the global radar screen. And it is why the EU and its Bank, alongside their international partners, are committed to lead by providing analysis, finance, and clear ambitious solutions, whether in the field of adaptation or cutting emissions that cause global warming.”
Here are some of the findings from the EIB climate survey.
Comparing the EU with the USA and China
When compared to the United States and China, Europeans have a much stronger understanding of the challenges of climate change. 78% of Europeans describe themselves as being concerned or alarmed about climate change, compared to 65% in China and 63% in the USA.