The German online FOCUS news magazine has a short article on the results of a climate survey conducted by the ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research of people in the German financial capital of Frankfurt.
The institute surveyed 1000 people on climate and facets of their day-to-day lifestyles like mobility and eating. Although 90% said the climate issue is important – the concern pretty much stops there. FOCUS gives the results:
Only one in five persons behave in an exemplary manner when it comes to climate protection. Another 40% have a lifestyle that is at least in parts climate friendly. Every third person held the opinion that the risks of climate have been portrayed as exaggerated.”
That “one third” is certainly a a figure that is much higher than say 5 years ago.
Another way of looking at it: 73% of the people surveyed in Frankfurt aren’t really up to changing their lives that much to protect the climate. That means they’ll accept minor policy changes, but nothing major that would disrupt their comfortable lives. It also suggests that all the hyping and exaggerating hurt the cause more than it helped.
The overall tone that I gather from the FOCUS piece is one of disappointment over the fact more people aren’t willing to do more. In the press release, project leader Immanuel Stieß said that “there’s still plenty of room for more climate protection commitment.”