(06 May 2019) – According to a new survey, 96% of the more than 27,000 interviewed citizens said that we have a responsibility to protect nature and that this is also essential for tackling climate change.
The Eurobarometer survey reveals awareness is generally increasing on the meaning of biodiversity, its importance, threats and measures to protect it.
Familiarity with the term “biodiversity” has increased, with over 70% of Europeans saying they have heard of it.
The biggest perceived threats to biodiversity are air, soil and water pollution, man-made disasters and climate change.
Most Europeans are unwilling to trade damage or destruction to nature in protected areas for economic development.
Most citizens see the EU as a legitimate level to take action on biodiversity and ecosystem services.