In Europe, Facebook users hear about global warming more often than those in Indonesia or Yemen

According to a large global survey conducted by Facebook, Europeans hear about global warming at least once a week, more often than people in other parts of the world, especially in Middle Eastern countries.

Conducted in partnership with Yale University in the United States, this global survey of public opinions on climate change was conducted in 192 countries and compiled responses from 108,946 active Facebook users aged 18 and over. . Users were asked about their beliefs, attitudes, political preferences and behaviors related to climate change.

Overall, the research shows strong disparities between continents, but also between countries. For example, respondents in Finland (92%), Hungary (90%), Germany (84%) and Croatia (83%) say they know “a lot” about the climate crisis.

On the other hand, the study shows significant percentages of people who say they have “never heard of” climate change. This is notably the case in Benin (34%), in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Nigeria and in Haiti (32% each).

The study also looked at how often participants are likely to hear about climate change in their daily lives. And again, there are marked differences between countries. More than half (66%) of respondents in Germany and Sweden, for example, think they hear about climate change “at least once a week”. This figure drops to 9% in Algeria and Cambodia, and 7% in Yemen.

Mexicans are among those who say they are most concerned about the climate crisis: 83% believe in particular that climate change will “greatly” harm future generations and that it constitutes “a very serious threat” for the inhabitants of their country in the over the next 20 years.

While there seems to be a consensus on the existence of the climate crisis in all the countries studied (the proportion of climate skepticism remaining overall marginal), opinions tend to diverge more when it comes to associating the causes of this crisis to human activities.

In Spain, 65% of people agree that climate change is man-made. In Sweden, this percentage drops to 60%. The gap is widening further in non-European countries: only 18% of respondents in Indonesia and 21% in Yemen attribute human activity to global warming.

However, the link between anthropological activity and the climate crisis has been the subject of a broad consensus within the international scientific community for several decades, as confirmed by a study published in October 2021 in the journal Environmental Research Letters. – AFP Relax News

Teresa H. Sadler