Environmental Awareness: Facts & Statistics

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson goes over a lot of different statistics about environmental awareness. You'll learn who is more likely to be aware of environmental issues and who is more likely to do something about it.

Environmental Awareness

How many people around the world do you think are aware of climate change? Are men or women more likely to be concerned about environmental problems? How does age play a role when it comes to the environment?

It turns out there are quite a few facts and statistics that help answer these questions, and this lesson is going to go over some of them.

Climate Change Awareness

Climate change is the term for the alternation of Earth's weather patterns. It is believed human activity, such as the burning of fossil fuels, is a very large (if not the largest) contributor to this problem.

How many people around the world do you think are aware of this significant issue? If you guessed, on average, 60% of adults worldwide, you'd be right. 40% of adults around the world have never even heard of the concept.

The exact stat varies by country. More developed nations are more likely to report higher awareness percentages. For example, in Europe, Japan, and North America, about 90% of the population is aware of the issue. Contrast this with countries like Egypt and Bangladesh, where only around 35% of the public has heard of the problem.

Age & Gender

How do you think age and gender play a role in the awareness of environmental issues? Do you think men or women are more aware? Do you think it is older adults, having seen much of the change, who are more aware? Or do you think it is the younger generations?

Well, if one large study in Australia is anything to go by then women beat out men by just a tad when it comes to being concerned about environmental issues. 83% of women are concerned while 80% of men are.

And when it comes to age, it is older adults (those 65 and over) who are least concerned about things like climate change. Only about 60% of them are. Compare this to 73% of other adults.

Other Factors

Education seems to impact environmental concern as well. People with a bachelor's degree or higher were more likely to be concerned about the environment than those without a bachelor's degree.

Gainful employment appears to influence how much one cares about such issues as well. Looking at the Australia study again, those who were employed (76%) were more likely to be concerned about climate change than those who were not (68%).

Environmental concern should also be put into perspective. While 55% of Americans believe the environment is an important policy issue, it's ranked lower than other things, like concerns about terrorist attacks and the economy.

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