In a large-scale survey, Lucas Wiesenfeld of the University of Bern and Adrian Renschead of the University of St. Gallen identified the following: People who view climate change as an urgent problem are also more inclined to take ambitious climate protection measures.
However, the perceived urgency of climate change has no bearing on the approval of measures aimed at changing personal behavior – for example, eating less meat and leaving the car more often. The authors announced this Friday in the summary of their study.
It should be noted in advance that the study that the two scientists recently published in the specialized journal “One Earth” is not based exactly on the Swiss conditions. Because nearly 10,000 voters were surveyed in the United States and Germany.
You have to pick up people
The survey shows that awareness of urgency goes hand in hand with greater support for overall climate goals. However, if changes in personal lifestyle are required, the effect of perceived urgency on consent diminishes.
However, the two political scientists concluded that there is room for politicians to maneuver and strong climate protection action could be pushed forward. “The study shows that respondents are more willing to support drastic measures if they understand their importance.”
Among other things, it is important for politicians to concretely explain to people why these measures are necessary to effectively stop climate change.