How have Romanian views on climate change changed? That’s the focus “Romanian Perspective on the Impacts of Climate Change” The research was published by Social Innovation Solutions (SIS), an organization active in sustainability, social impact and innovation. This study of 1081 subjects, concluded in August 2022, represents the following follow-up: Studies done in 2021 By IZI Data Agency for social innovation solutions.
This year’s analysis climate change summit The event was organized by BRD Groupe Société Générale Lumea 9 (New World) is a sustainability platform that covers all areas that banks consider important in building a better future.
The study is the first on the Climate Change Summit agenda and the most important event across Eastern and Central Europe dedicated to solutions to combat climate change. The summit will be held on October 4th and 5th at the Odeon Theater in Bucharest, with the initiative and support of the BRD Groupe Société Générale.
One of the main conclusions of the study was that young people in the age group 15 to 24 were more aware of the impacts of climate change and rated themselves more optimistic than other generations (54+). It means that you are taking a more pessimistic view. ) and 52% (ages 25–54). Such a gap can also be observed in the pessimistic ratings of urban (56%) and rural (49%) respondents. Those born in Generation Z had a low optimism rate of 10%, followed by Millennials aged 24-34 (14%) and 35-44 (16%), and Generation X aged 45-54 (21%). ) and baby boomers over 55 (22%).
When asked what attitudes they would like to see prevail among Romanians in 2035, 79% of survey participants prioritized environmentally friendly practices, up from 64% in the 2021 survey. did. However, fewer respondents evoked empathy (29%) compared to last year (35%), diversity (29% compared to 35% in 2021) and honesty (41% compared to 2021). 35%) showed similar changes. %), initiative (25%, up from 31%) and ambition (16%, up from 31% in 2021).
“We live in a historic time of constant crisis, starting with pandemics, wars and energy shortages and ending with the most complex crisis of today and tomorrow’s generations: climate change. The second edition of the SIS study on the Romanian Perspective shows that urban and rural Romanians understand the importance and urgency of finding solutions. The thinking is green and we are pleased that, alongside other outcomes, it reinforces our belief that solutions can create momentum. We will bring together experts, representatives of authorities and entrepreneurs to plan, develop and fund future solutions.” Ciprian Stănescu, President and CEO of Social Innovations Solutions, said:
“There is yet another evidence that younger generations are concerned about climate change and its impact on the environment and their future, and the transition to a responsible economy that is better adapted to the needs of people and the planet. Research results also show a growing need for stability and predictability, a natural consequence of the hurdles we have faced in recent years: sustainable solutions at climate change summits. There are many challenges that we are determined to find, and together we will realize these solutions.”added Flavia Popa, Executive Director of the BRD Groupe Société Générale.
As for solutions, more than half of survey respondents believe there is a way to slow climate change by 2035. This contrasts with his 11% of subjects who were confident it wouldn’t happen in 2021. On the other hand, her one-third of participants are distrustful. Furthermore, more than 75% believe in the impacts of climate change, while 23% believe there will be little or no impact. Gen Z respondents are most aware of the severity of the impacts of climate change, but far more men (4%) than women (1%) do not believe in the consequences.
Adverse impacts on agriculture and air pollution have been identified as the worst impacts of climate change, followed by rising temperatures, desertification, flooding, and biodiversity loss, wildfires and sea level rise. A large gap is found between the perceptions of women and men, with women placing 6-10% more importance on each outcome of climate change than men, compared to men. A similar contrast is found in rural and urban areas, with the latter assigning her 2–8% importance to her eight separate climate change impacts. Fewer respondents are concerned about each of these impacts this year compared to 2021.
Younger millennials (ages 25-34) place the highest importance on negative impacts on agriculture, air pollution, desertification, flooding and biodiversity loss, 7-9 compared to other age groups % Increased has. When asked about the environmental impact of many activities, waste was identified as the top answer, followed by how products are packaged. The textile industry has been recognized as the least hazardous to the environment. The same ranking was observed in the 2021 study, but perceptions of the impact caused by what was considered the most dangerous activity for the environment decreased by 12% for waste and 8% for packaging.
Nearly half of respondents attribute the difficulty in mitigating the impacts of climate change to the lack of tough enough policies that are effective in changing people’s behavior. A third of his respondents cite resistance to change when it comes to consumer behavior. Moreover, according to a survey, 63% of Romanians believe they are more involved in combating climate change than the government or local authorities. A third of respondents cite lack of infrastructure as the top reason for lack of selective waste management. Another cause cited by the same number of respondents is not knowing how to separate waste properly.
51% of those interviewed were unaware that Romania had committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in accordance with the Paris Agreement, but were willing to make sacrifices to protect the environment. ing. Regarding gender, living space and age, the majority of Romanians (70%) declare support for additional taxes on polluted products.
Renewable energy was mentioned by 75% of the subjects when asked which form of energy should prevail in Romania, being much preferred over other potential energy sources. Closely related to this line of thinking, the most effective solution for mitigating the impacts of climate change is to increase the share of renewable energy sources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and Green investment in has followed a considerable distance. mentioned by half of the respondents.
Environmental attitude was the most popular answer among Romanians when asked about the measures businesses should adopt. This was followed by fair compensation as an incentive for talented people and health benefits. This is especially liked by her younger millennials aged 25-34 (68% by comparison). 59% on average across all age groups). However, Generation Z is more focused on educational development through skill-honing courses than other generations (55% for 15-24 year olds compared to 41% for all other age groups on average) ).
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