Americans Deeply Concerned About Climate Change

The Hill reports on Veolia’s Barometer of Ecological Transformation survey

Veolia recently oversaw a first-of-its-kind global population survey, called the Barometer of Ecological Transformation, to gauge people’s level of concern about changing climate conditions and how open they were to accepting innovative solutions.

The U.S. was one of 25 countries to participate in the survey, with over 1,000 Americans surveyed from all geographic regions of the country and all age groups.

The results confirmed that, along with the rest of the world, Americans are increasingly concerned about the implications of climate change, with one in four concerned enough to reconsider major life decisions such as having children.

Other highlights found in the survey results in the U.S.include:

  • 50 percent of Americans are ready to accept as much as 95 percent of solutions and changes needed for ecological transformation
  • 57 percent believe that inaction will cost humanity more than taking action 6
  • 4 percent see resource scarcity and pollution as imminent risks to public health
  • At the same time, skepticism about climate change in the U.S. was higher than in other parts of the world, with 14 percent of Americans saying they did not believe the climate was changing and that nothing needed to be done (compared with 9 percent globally)

Learn more about the Barometer of Ecological Transformation survey results in the U.S. in this story that appeared in The Hill, one of the nation’s leading news sources for information on U.S. policy.