A recent public opinion survey of Canadian and American citizens confirms that, despite the warnings of science, climate change is not a major concern to a majority in both countries. The surveys confirm that a majority agree that global temperatures have increased, but a substantial number in both countries question the extent of human contribution to this increase.
Contrast those conclusions with a recent survey of citizens of the European Union. According to a special Eurobarometer opinion poll on climate change published recently, nine in ten Europeans consider climate change a serious problem. A large majority – 69% – believe it a ‘very serious’ problem and 21% a ‘fairly serious’ problem. Only 9% do not consider it a serious problem.
Apart from the survey, many Canadians think that measures to reduce climate change will negatively impact the economy. Attitudes in Europe are very different. Four out of five people in the European Union recognise that fighting climate change and using energy more efficiently can boost the economy and employment. European citizens also overwhelmingly support renewable energy.