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

GlobeScan Radar
27/08/2021
Tove Malmqvist

Public Concern About Climate Change is at ​its Highest Level Since 1998​

Seriousness of Climate Change,“Very Serious,” ​Average of 17 Markets,* 1998–2021​

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 has continued to increase since 2014.

This increased concern has implications for policy makers and business in the run-up to COP26.

Data source: GlobeScan Radar Report 2021 ​(survey of 30,000 people in the general public in July 2021)

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