Almost half of young people aged 20-29 see a future away from Cyprus due to climate change, according to the latest Climate Survey 2021-2022 conducted by the European Investment Bank (EIB). A total of 36% of Cypriots believe that in the future they will have to migrate to another region or country due to climate change.
At the same time, the vast majority see green transition policies as an opportunity to improve their quality of life and create clean jobs through the green transition.
“Cypriots are among the most enthusiastic about the green transition in the EU,” said EIB Vice President Lilyana Pavlova, commenting on the results. “They see,” he added, “that there are great opportunities for their quality of life, as well as for the labor market, in policies to combat climate change.” But at the same time they are worried – especially young people – about the long-term impact of climate change and the potential need to migrate. As the EU Climate Bank, it is our duty to listen to these concerns and to work with policy makers and partners in each industry to reassure them with concrete actions. In this way, we can contribute to the transition to a more ecological future with prosperity for all. “
In summary, 75% believe that climate policy will improve their quality of life, 73% say that green transition will be a source of economic growth, and 66% believe that climate change policies will create more jobs than those who will abolish.
According to the Cypriot participants in the research, the challenges related to climate change are permanent. While a quarter (25%) of them believe that the climate emergency will be under control by 2050, 72% believe that this issue will continue to be important in the middle of the century.
< p>Cypriot participants say they see climate change as a threat to their place of residence. When asked about the long-term impact of the climate crisis, more than a third of Cypriots (36%) say they may have to migrate to another region or country due to climate change. This concern is even greater among people aged 20-29, as 45% of people in this age group consider it possible to migrate to another region or country because of the long-term effects of climate change.
Growth and jobs
Will climate change policies benefit the economy? The vast majority of Cypriots agree: 73% say the green transition will be a source of economic growth (above the EU average & # 8211; 56%).
75% of Cypriots who participated in the survey also believe that their quality of life will improve, their comfort in everyday life will increase and that the impact on the quality of food or their health will be positive. Climate emergency policies are also considered to be conducive to the labor market: two thirds of Cypriots (66%) believe that these policies will have a clear positive impact on employment levels within the country, creating more jobs than the positions that will be abolished.
To tackle climate change, Cypriots have realized that they need to adjust their behavior. According to participants, individual lifestyle changes that reduce carbon emissions will gain significant ground over the next 20 years. Nearly a third of respondents (29%) believe that most will not have a car in 20 years and 77% believe that most will telework to contribute to the fight against climate change. Finally, half of the survey participants (51%) believe that most will follow a plant-based diet and 70% predict that an energy quota will be established for each citizen.
Overall, Europeans are divided over whether the green transition will be a source of economic growth. More than half of the participants (56%) believe that this will be true, a view that is in line with the perception of the Americans and the British (57%), while the Chinese are more optimistic (67%). However, the majority of Europeans (61%) are confident that their quality of life will improve and that the impact will be positive on the quality of their food or their health. Europeans are more pessimistic than the Chinese (77%), Americans (65%) or the British (63%).
The European Investment Bank has launched the fourth Climate Survey, a thorough assessment of how people perceive climate change. The research is carried out in collaboration with the market research company BVA and aims to feed the wider reflection on attitudes and expectations for climate action. The survey, which ran from August 26 to September 22, 2021, involved more than 30,000 people, as well as a representative team from each of the 30 participating countries.
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