Most Greeks Say Climate Change Threatens World, But Not Greece

ATHENS – It may seem typical for Greeks, but some 95 percent of think believe that climate change is a danger to the world and humanity, a survey showed, but only 38 percent of think it will affect Greece.

Conducted by Focus Bari and YouGov, the survey found that 52 percent of respondents see “a lot” of changes in the climate and 33 percent “quite a lot,” with just 5 percent believe it’s a hoax, reported Kathimerini.

And only 27 percent of Greeks think it threatens where they live in the country, the contradiction not explained, although 60 percent blame the problem on human activity, most blamgin China and India.

But virtually everyone blames governments who keep delaying dealing with the problem and kicking the can down the road, believing that’s more of a problem than conspiracy theorists who don’t believe in climate change.

Some 71 percent of those surveyed said they think that climate change and the extreme weather phenomena it causes have a negative impact on people’s physical and mental health.

But despite warnings from environmentalists that it may be too late to reverse the current and coming effects with warning of a near-apocalypse, only 9 percent or respondents said that’s the case and there’s still time to act.

And 79 percent said they believe that people can help deal withi the problem but it was limited as governments keep using coal and energy putting toxins in the air to pollute.

The way people can help varies with 78 percent recyling poaper waste, 77 percent buying energy efficient appliances – but still using air conditioners – 58 percent traveling by train instead of plan, and 48 percent taking showers under 5 minutes long.

The survey was conducted on May 6-15 on a sample of 2,000 people aged between 18-64, before the New Democracy government said an energy crisis means coal still have to be used to generate electricity under at least 2028 and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis having said climate change was a major reason for 2021 wildfires.


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