Greeks consider climate change as the second biggest challenge according to a survey by the LIFE-IP AdaptInGR project
Climate change is seen as the most important problem the world will face over the next 20 years and the second most important, after unemployment, will face Greece, according to a public opinion survey conducted under the integrated project LIFE-IP AdaptInGR. The survey was conducted last July by qed market research, under the supervision of the LIFE-IP AdaptInGR partner “ELLINIKI ETAIRIA Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage” and aimed to reflect the perceived values, views, awareness and attitudes of Greek people with regard to climate change and adaptation to future climate.
The survey showed that Greeks not simply recognise the risks of climate change, but they also realize their own contribution to global warming and the need for government and individual action. It also indicated that candidate views on climate change are important when Greek people decide who they will vote for in the local and regional elections.
Furthermore, the survey revealed an “awareness gap” especially when it comes to young people. The LIFE-IP AdaptInGR project aims to bridge this gap through its awareness raising activities and its educational programme for primary and secondary education.
The survey results were presented to public on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, in the Headquarters of Bank of Greece.
The results’ presentation was followed by a speech on governmental climate-related priorities delivered by the Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr Kostis Hatzidakis. The event was attended by: Mr Panagiotis Pikrammenos, Government Vice-President; Mr George Papandreou, Former Prime Minister & Member of Parliament; Mr Dimitris Oikonomou, Deputy Minister for Spatial Planning & Urban Environment; Mr Kriton Arsenis, Member of Parliament; Mr Savvas Chionidis, Member of Parliament; Metropolitan of Pergamon, Former President of the Academy of Athens; Mr Christos Zerefos, Member of the Academy of Athens; Mr Konstantinos Aravossis, General Secretary for Natural Environment and Water; Mr Efthimios Bakoyiannis, General Secretary for Spatial Planning and Urban Environment; Mr Nikos Hardalias, General Secretary for Civil Protection; Maria Karamanov, Councillor of State; representatives of LIFE-IP AdaptInGR project partners, as well as representatives of Regions, Municipalities and other stakeholders from across Greece.
The power point presentation of survey results (in Greek) can be found below: “Documents to download”. The full survey report (in Greek) will be soon available at the section “Library/Deliverables” of the website.