Mobilization of players
Citizens recognize the need to act on their own level and ask their government to initiate the fight against climate change
While almost a third of respondents hope that a solution will come from technological innovation, a majority still think that the fight against climate change primarily involves a change in lifestyles (54%), especially in the countries that believe more in the human causes of climate change: Colombia (83% believe in the human causes of climate change and 76% believe in a solution that goes via a change in lifestyle), Mexico (respectively: 83% and 75%) and Chile (respectively: 80% and 69%).
In the eyes of citizens, the fight against climate change should first and foremost be driven by governments (69% of respondents think that it is up to them to act). While governmental actions are recognized, they fail however to meet the public’s high expectations (50% of respondents think that governments are really taking action, i.e. a 19% gap between expectations and reality). Certain countries such as France, Italy or Spain are even more critical of their government’s action, with fewer than a third considering that it is really taking action (26% in France, 27% in Italy and 28% in Spain). In contrast, the countries of Northern Europe, such as Germany (58%) or Norway (60%) are more positive about governmental actions, and China is the world’s most positive country in this respect (77%).