71% believe that the country should do more in the fight against climate change – Tierramarillano – News from Atacama and Chile

71% believe that the country should do more in the fight against climate change – Tierramarillano – News from Atacama and Chile
71% believe that the country should do more in the fight against climate change – Tierramarillano – News from Atacama and Chile
  • Furthermore, 73% think that if everyone made small changes in their daily lives, it could have a big impact on this problem.

Santiago, April 22, 2024

The international consulting firm Ipsos published its most recent report called “Earth Day 2024”, carried out with more than 24 thousand people in 33 countries around the world, including Chile, which shows how people’s perception regarding to climate change.

Governments, companies and individuals

31% of those surveyed worldwide believe that their Government has a clear plan so that both companies and people can confront climate change, the same figure as last year. At this point, the ranking is led by China (75%) and India (73%). Chile ranks 19th globally, with 28%.

72% of Chileans believe that if people do not act now to combat the environmental crisis we will fail future generations, and 71% think that more should be done in the fight against climate change. Despite this, the study showed that only a third of the global population sees their country as a world leader in the fight against the climate crisis. In Chile, only 28% see it as a reference in this matter.

The results show that despite the leadership that Chile has taken in Latin America in environmental matters, there is a lack of communication of efforts towards citizens. Our country stands out in the transition towards the use of clean energy, to give an example, but it is something that is not known by the general population.” Explain Miguel Pinto, Deputy Manager of Public Studies at Ipsos Chile.

Increased apathy and climate fatigue

73% of Chileans estimate that, if everyone made small changes in their daily lives, a great impact could be generated in the fight against climate change. Globally, 69% of the population thinks the same.

Regarding the statement “now is not the time to invest in measures to reduce climate change, due to economic conditions”, a third of Chileans agree. Additionally, 30% say they would be willing to pay more taxes to help prevent climate change.

26% of national respondents believe that climate change is beyond our control, and that it is too late to reverse it. On the other hand, 47% feel that something can still be done about it.

Among Chileans there is a predisposition to contribute through individual action, but the lack of education on environmental issues is a barrier that must be worked on, so that we can move from concern to concrete actions. The State has a lot to do in this, but also companies. The change brought by the REP Law (Extended Producer Responsibility) that connects those who produce waste with the homes that must classify the waste, is part of the path we must take to make the task easier for people.”adds Miguel Pinto.

Should developed countries do more?

Regarding developed countries, 44% of Chileans believe that they are the ones leading the fight against climate change, and 75% assure that world powers have to do more for this cause. Additionally, 71% of national respondents think we cannot fully address climate change unless all countries work together.

On average across 33 countries, nearly two-thirds (63%) agree that “it is correct” that developed countries (such as the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and France), which have contributed the most to the climate emergency by producing the majority of carbon emissions, pay more to solve the problem. The inhabitants of these countries are the ones who least agree with this slogan. For example, in France, 54% agree; in Germany, 54%; in Great Britain, 52%; in the United States, 49%; and in Canada, 47%. In Chile, 69% agree with this idea.

Misconceptions and belief/reality gap

When faced with actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, people do not always favor the most efficient behaviors. 38% think that switching to renewable energy is the action with the greatest impact they can take, which is 4th in the actual emissions reduction ranking. On the other hand, 34% think that recycling is their best way to contribute, but this action appears in 60th place on that same list.

The third activity that shows the most supporters in favor is using less packaging (34%), which in the actual ranking of activities appears in position 38. Then there is using more energy efficient kitchen equipment, with 22% support and which appears in 9th place in the real ranking of the most useful measures in reducing emissions.

Living without a car is the most useful measure against climate change, but only 17% of the world’s population is willing to adopt it as a behavior to follow.

In relation to incentives to act against climate change, 49% of national respondents believe that they would be motivated if there was easy access to information about the measures to take daily, and 47% lean towards the existence of an economic stimulus or tax reduction that allows for more environmentally friendly goods and services.

Ditch fossil fuels

On average across the 33 countries, two out of three think that the transition to renewable energy will have a positive impact on air quality (65%), nature (63%) and the fight against climate change (63%) . In Chile the trend is similar, with 62%, 64% and 61% respectively.

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