Evaluating Progress on Climate Change | Report

The 2017 Survey on Climate Change by GlobeScan / SustainAbility

2017 Climate Survey of Experts
Two years after the breakthrough achievement of the Paris Agreement, we asked global sustainability experts representing business, government, NGOs and academia to evaluate progress made by the global community on addressing climate change generally and implementing the Agreement specifically. Our panel of experts consisted of 398 qualified sustainability experts from September 26th to October 13th, 2017.
Our expert panel’s assessment is bleak. More than half of these sustainability practitioners think that the global community is simply not moving fast enough to avert major damage by climate change, and fewer than one-third of respondents believe that we are making good progress implementing the global framework.
Explore the full findings in our 2017 GlobeScan/SustainAbility Climate Survey – Evaluating Progress on Climate Change.

Key Findings

  • More than half of sustainability experts believe that climate progress will not occur fast enough to avert irreversible damage.
  • At the global level, practitioners hold up national governments and the private sector as most essential to the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement.
  • Experts cite a lack of global government action or oversight as a major barrier to implementation of the Paris Agreement goals.
  • Sustainability practitioners believe that a wide variety of strategies can be effective for companies seeking to take action on climate change.

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