Insight of the Week: Public Concern about Climate Change Reaches an All-time High

People are more worried than ​ever about climate change, as ​65 percent of people around the world today describe the issue as “very serious.” ​ This marks the highest level recorded since tracking began in 2003 and follows a steady increase since 2014. Source: GlobeScan Radar Report 2022 ​(survey ​of 29,293 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)​

Insight of the Week: Over Eight in Ten Now Say That Current Environmental, Economic, and Social Challenges Are Unprecedented

Compared to a decade ago, people are now more likely to say that we are currently facing environmental and socio-economic challenges at an unprecedented scale globally.  Over eight in ten people now agree with this sentiment compared to three-quarters in 2012. Strikingly, this agreement is similarly strong across all demographics and geographies. Source: GlobeScan Radar Report 2022 ​(survey of 29,293 people in the general public in June ‒ July 2022)

Forty Percent Cite Climate Concerns as a Deterrent to Having Children

People are more worried than ever about climate change, with the perceived seriousness reaching unprecedented levels. Four in ten people say they do not want or would not want to have children because of the effects of climate change, according to a new global poll conducted in June and July of 2022. Key findings include: Sixty-five percent of people across the world now say that climate change is a “very serious” issue, the highest level ever recorded since tracking began … “Forty Percent Cite Climate Concerns as a Deterrent to Having Children”

Insight of the Week: Water Shortages Felt More Acutely in the Global South

People in Latin America are affected the most by a lack of fresh water, although as many as one-third of respondents in Africa and the Middle East also report being “greatly affected.” In contrast, around two in ten say they are personally “greatly” affected in North America and the Asia-Pacific region. Shortages of fresh water – an issue that is closely related to climate change – is clearly not affecting people equally. The extent to which people are affected depends on … “Insight of the Week: Water Shortages Felt More Acutely in the Global South”

Diversity & Sustainable Living: Global Public Opinion Research on How Different Populations Engage on Sustainability

These are the key findings from GlobeScan’s latest global opinion research report on how different populations engage on sustainability: The composition of minority groups varies across markets surveyed Globally, among the 30 markets surveyed, around 20 percent say they are part of one or more minority groups. Some markets are very diverse, such as India, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa, where more than 30 percent are self described minorities. Hong Kong, Italy, Portugal, and Russia are the least diverse of … “Diversity & Sustainable Living: Global Public Opinion Research on How Different Populations Engage on Sustainability”

GlobeScan Global Public Opinion Research on Nature

Findings from GlobeScan’s latest global opinion research on nature show that there is a gap between growing concern and high expectations from the public, and perceived performance of most actors in protecting nature and wildlife. Concern about the loss of animal and plant species has been increasing steadily over the past eight years; with a majority of people now believing that the loss of biodiversity is a very serious global problem.       Many people feel a strong bond with nature, as … “GlobeScan Global Public Opinion Research on Nature”

Retail Investors Show Strong and Growing Interest in ESG

Findings from GlobeScan’s latest public opinion research show that thirty-nine percent of retail investors around the world say they have invested with ESG in mind and another 39 percent say they have considered it. Shareholders in Asian markets (especially China, Thailand, and Vietnam) are most likely to have already bought or sold shares because of the company’s social and environmental responsibility approach.  Investment based on ESG considerations has increased over the past two decades in the G7 markets, where 37 … “Retail Investors Show Strong and Growing Interest in ESG”

Insight of the Week: People Want Governments to Lead at COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow Even More So Than They Did for COP21 in Paris

Across 18 countries, more than nine in ten people want their governments to support at least some action on climate change at the upcoming COP26 Climate Summit. Nearly six in ten want their governments to take a leadership role to address climate change as quickly as possible. Support for leadership has grown substantially in 13 out of 18 countries tracked, including the three largest emitting countries China, India, and the USA. This change in majority opinion is a strong call … “Insight of the Week: People Want Governments to Lead at COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow Even More So Than They Did for COP21 in Paris”

Insight of the Week: Public Concern About Climate Change is at its Highest Level Since 1998​

Perceived seriousness of climate change has reached its highest level since tracking began 23 years ago, with over six in ten across 17 markets now saying that climate change is “very serious.” Global concern and engagement around climate issues is growing and is expected to increase over the next several years. People in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, and Turkey are the most concerned about climate change. In the USA, concern is historically high (53% say it is “very serious”) and … “Insight of the Week: Public Concern About Climate Change is at its Highest Level Since 1998​”

Insight of the Week: Seriousness of Climate Change​

Seriousness of Climate Change​​ “Very Serious” and “Somewhat Serious,” ​Average of 16 Countries* vs USA, 2015–2020​​​ As the United States once again joins the Paris Agreement under President Biden’s new leadership, GlobeScan’s research shows that over the past five years, Americans’ worries about the climate have become increasingly aligned with the rest of the world. More than eight in ten Americans now say that climate change is a very or somewhat serious issue, with those under 30 years of age … “Insight of the Week: Seriousness of Climate Change​”