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Climate Round-Up: Half of all Danes concerned about climate change

Eurobarometer shows Danes most concerned about climate among EU

Youth fighting for their future (photo: Flickr/Climate Change Camp Protest)
December 10th, 2019 5:57 pm| by Roselyne Min

According to a Eurobarometer survey published by the European Commission, Sweden and Denmark are respectively the top two countries in the world when it comes to considering climate change as the most serious issue facing the world today.

The people of 20 European countries were asked what is their biggest concern among a number of issues, including climate, poverty and hunger, terrorism, and the economic situation. Some 47 percent of Danes chose climate change, compared to 50 percent of Swedes.

Morea awareness towards environment
The proportion of climate-concerned Danes has significantly increased over the past two years. In 2017, in a similar survey, only 29 percent of Danes identified climate change as the most serious issue.

The survey also revealed that Danes are fighting climate change, as 75 percent answered that they had made efforts to prevent climate change in the past six months.

Others concerned about basic needs
The primary concern of the EU countries appears to be poverty, hunger and a lack of drinking water, which 15 European countries voted for. On average, only 23 percent of the entire EU population is most concerned about the climate.

Sebastian Mernild, one of Denmark’s leading researchers on climate change, maintained that Danes’ climate concerns can be explained by the fundamental differences between the various societies.

“In many of these countries, there are societal problems that we do not have in Denmark and Sweden. It is more about survival and environmental conditions than about climate change,” said Mernild.

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Denmark burned more coal last year
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Environment minister visited China in connection with water tech
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Danes at their peak of sorting plastic waste
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