The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), together with the University of Oxford, conducted a “People’s vote for the climate” among 1.2 million people in 50 countries. The largest public opinion poll on climate change in history found that two-thirds of people think it is a “global crisis”. Results vary somewhat by age and location, but an increasing percentage of people are noticing the effects of climate change. The study shows that nearly 70% of people under the age of 18 believe that climate change is a global crisis. 58% of people over 60 had the same opinion. The overall average was 64%. Scientists emphasize that the study also shows that most people who see a threat expect decisive action in this matter.
According to the respondents, the most popular activities in the fight against the climate crisis is the protection and restoration of forests, supported by as much as 64%, and then renewable energy and climate-friendly agriculture. The least popular method, according to the respondents, is the promotion of plant-based diets. It received only 30% of the vote.
“The voice of the people is clear: they want action on climate change,” said Cassie Flynn, UNDP’s strategic advisor on climate change.
To reach as broad a group as possible with the study, the survey was disseminated via advertisements in video games or on mobile phones. This allowed us to collect opinions from people who are often not interested in this type of public opinion polls.