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Reports & guides | 8 March 2017

European perceptions of climate change: recommendations for public engagement

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Following on from a major new survey showing evidence of clear public support for action on climate change, we look at what these survey findings mean for communications professionals, campaigners and practitioners.

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

The recently released topline survey findings found 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. The survey was informed by the first EPCC report which contained socio-political profiles of the four countries.

Media coverage of EPCC project 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

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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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