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Climate 2015, 3(3), 715-726; doi:10.3390/cli3030715

Public Perception of Climate Change in a Period of Economic Crisis

Hellenic Open University, School of Science and Technology, Sahtouri 11, 262 22 Patra, Greece
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Received: 21 May 2015 / Revised: 22 August 2015 / Accepted: 25 August 2015 / Published: 28 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Measuring the Impact of Public-Private Governance for Climate Change)
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The present study surveys the opinion of the residents of the Athens area in Greece on a wide range of issues related to climate change, such as their environmental consciousness and awareness and their willingness to take action against climate change. This study is performed at a time of a severe economic crisis in Greece. Based on a questionnaire, this study examines the general trends reported on various environmental issues, more particularly concerning climate change. The main results are that Greek citizens are aware of the problems of environmental and of climate change and also believe that the environmental quality of Greece is quite poor. They believe they are fairly well informed about climate change. However, the current economic crisis in Greece has reversed the progress made in the past concerning the awareness of climate change. Also, the citizens have very low confidence in the public authorities and the big enterprises to deal with climate change, while they have high level of trust in scientific and environmental organizations. They agree with public actions, but are against individual actions to protect the environment as they consider the main stakeholders (state, industry) to be mainly responsible for environmental degradation. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; public opinion; environmental awareness; environmental degradation; economic crisis; Greece climate change; public opinion; environmental awareness; environmental degradation; economic crisis; Greece
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Papoulis, D.; Kaika, D.; Bampatsou, C.; Zervas, E. Public Perception of Climate Change in a Period of Economic Crisis. Climate 2015, 3, 715-726.

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