Strengthening the Just Transition Imperative: People Think That Climate Change Will Intensify Socio-economic Hardships

Across the 31 countries and territories GlobeScan surveyed earlier this summer, a majority of people associate climate change with far-ranging socio-economic impacts such as aggravated poverty, limited access to water and food, and economic issues. 

As conversations around the imperative for a Just Transition ramp up worldwide, the data show that any transition to climate-neutral economies must address existing socio-economic disparities and avoid creating new ones.

The agreement to establish a new Loss and Damage Fund and funding arrangements was a landmark outcome of COP27. World leaders gathering in Dubai for COP28 later this year will be called to make the fund a reality, focusing on responding to the climate emergency and the adverse impacts on jobs and livelihoods.

Data in the chart includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, and Vietnam.

Source: GlobeScan Radar (global public opinion survey of n=29,565 people across 31 countries and territories, July ‒ August 2023)​