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Survey of climate protection : climate-intentions: The will to change something

One thing is clear: Without a change, more conscious lifestyle, the climate change will not stop it. The majority of the German sees. 52 percent are ready to

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Survey of climate protection : climate-intentions: The will to change something

One thing is clear: Without a change, more conscious lifestyle, the climate change will not stop it. The majority of the German sees.

52 percent are ready to buy in the next twelve months, local and seasonal products, as well as your waste to recycle. 51 percent want to produce less waste.

These three climate resolutions for the German is of the highest priority. The European investment Bank (EIB) with the opinion research Institute YouGov survey in the European Union, in the United States and in China.

But what is behind the intentions to Recycle, purchase local products, and the reduction of waste? And as the climate-intentions of the German from cutting in an international comparison?

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Germany can't get a pioneer role in climate protection

Germany likes to present itself as the champion of the world in Recycling. Now that more than half of the German produce less waste, and it again wants to exploit, is hardly surprising. However, whether disposable coffee Cup or plastic-Packed fruit and salads – the Germans produce the Federal environment Agency (UBA), according to more waste than other Europeans.

the results of The representative survey also reveal that the Germans, in terms of their Recycling-resolutions for 2019, in European comparison, the worst performers. Croatians, Finns, and Portuguese, they even exceed by more than 20 percent.

"Germany has long been regarded as a pioneer in climate protection, could not get this role, however, maintained. In a global comparison, it performs worse every year,“ says Daniela Diedrich-Ristic, EIB-expert on climate change. "Nevertheless, the majority of Germans is willing to try through changes in behaviour to protect the climate." As a very positive Diedrich-Ristic also sees the development of more and more "unpacked supermarkets" in which a packaging free shopping.

The Germans cut their Recycling from intentions to 2019 in a European comparison, at the worst.Source: YouGov for the EIB,

Local and seasonal products Coming

The purchase of local, seasonal products 2019, in Germany, the list of climate-friendly resolutions. At the same time, the survey shows that there is a clear gap within the company: From the 18 - to 34-Year-olds, only 44 percent are willing to buy local seasonal products, the 55-Year-olds, compared to 58 per cent.

"the forest, the Smog Alarm, and dirty oceans are dying, The older people were influenced by the environmental movement of the seventies and eighties, but also learn that through the environment and nature is something can be achieved. The desire to protect one's own life environment, due to the ongoing Trend for self-cooking and Conscious eating positively reinforced, and declared the readiness to buy more regional products,“ says Antje von Broock, Deputy managing Director for policy & communications and head of the climate team at the Federation for environment and nature conservation Germany (BUND).

the Young people were, however, both professionally and privately, often not yet established and, therefore, other topics dominated their lives and the world. An accelerated life-style lead to you eating significantly more likely to be away and less cooking. With 44 percent of the willingness to buy local and seasonal products, in the case of the young German still high. The rating of Broock as a positive. "This means that, despite all the other hand, the environment pressing problems and challenges in her young life plays a big role."

52 per cent of Germans are willing to buy in the next twelve months, local and seasonal products, as well as your...source: Tsp/Krohn

German government lags behind climate objectives

In the fight against climate change, the Germans have a responsible and proactive attitude, with Nearly one out of three German has the greatest responsibility for it sees in itself. Scepticism prevails, however, with regard to the prospects of success of institutions.

Von Broock shall designate as a cause that the citizens would have seen how international agreements have failed. So, the Federal government had signed, for example, the Paris climate protection agreement, but subsequently, the national targets will be missed.

"at the same time, the drought year 2018 has stalls with low water in the Rhine and the enormous crop failures shown: The climate crisis is here. So it is only understandable that, in addition to the requirements of the policy, each thinking of what he can do himself.“

This is also my perception in the European Union as a whole: 31 percent of Europeans feel that climate protection would have to assume that the measures in the first line of the citizens. On other continents, the view is different: In China, 40 percent in the U.S., 25 percent of the respondents believe that in the first place, international organizations such as the United Nations or the world Bank is responsible before the individual citizen.

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Emma Navarro, EIB Vice-President with oversight of climate and environmental Finance, warns that time is running in the fight against climate change. As a positive rating, that the Germans want to do more in the fight against climate change and, above all, their own contribution to the faith.

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