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Reports & guides | 17 June 2016

European perceptions of climate change: socio-political profiles & findings


Evidence of clear public support for action on climate change is critical to create the political will for a shift to a low carbon society – and that is just what a major new European survey provides.

Socio-political profiles

Survey findings


The ‘European Perceptions of Climate Change’ project is led by Cardiff University in collaboration with academic teams from four European countries (UK, Germany, France and Norway) and Climate Outreach.

The survey was informed by the first report of the European Perceptions of Climate Change, published in June 2016: Socio-political profiles.

The Survey Findings, published in March 2017, highlight that clear majorities in these four European countries support using public money to prepare now for the impacts of climate change, to help developing nations cope with extreme weather, and to subsidise renewable energy sources.

A key element of Climate Outreach’s involvement in this project has been our new guide, Six Recommendations for Public Engagement published in March 2017, in which we look at what these findings mean for communications professionals, campaigners and practitioners.

The Survey Findings report was launched at an event at the Royal Society in London (starts at 17 min):

Media coverage of EPCC survey results includes:

New Scientist: Most people don’t know climate change is entirely human-made

The Guardian: Climate change impacts are already hitting us, say Europeans

Carbon Brief: Video – Prof Nick Pidgeon on European perceptions about climate change

Thompson Reuters Foundation: Climate change may drive more migration in future, Europeans say

Bloomberg: French Worry More About Climate Change Than Neighbors Do

Energy Voice: UK less concerned about climate change than European neighbours, survey shows

Clean Energy Wire: Germans “surprisingly” climate-sceptic

BT: UK less concerned about climate change than European neighbours, survey shows

Videos & podcasts


In collaboration with Cardiff University, we held a launch event at the Royal Society in London of our new report, European Perceptions of Climate Change: Launch of results from a cross-national survey and accompanying Recommendations for public engagement guide.

European Perceptions of Climate Change project launch event

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