European Perceptions of Climate Change
EPCC gathered information on how people feel about climate change, whether they support climate policies and what energy sources are most popular across four European countries (France, Germany, Norway, the UK).
Across France, Germany, Norway and the UK there is strong support for the Paris COP21 Climate Agreement,for renewable energy sources and for preparing the country for the impacts of climate change
Most people in France, Germany, Norway and the UKthink that we are already feeling the impacts of climate change now
Respondents in Norway were generally most concerned about climate changeand expressed the strongest support for policies that aim to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions
I am Professor Nick Pidgeon (MBE, PhD), lead investigator of the EPPC project. As researcher I am interested in explaining how people form their opinions and understandings of climate change and related policies. EPCC provided the unique opportunity to examine perceptions of climate change within and across countries. For example, we could look at whether support for climate change actions are motivated by moral considerations (or
practical considerations) and whether these motivations are different across different cultural contexts.
EPCC was a collaboration between five academic teams in four participating nations: Cardiff University, UK; Institut Symlog, France; NORCE (formerly Rokkan Centre for Social Studies) and University of Bergen, Norway, and University of Stuttgart, Germany and Climate Outreach, a UK-based think tank which specialises in climate change communication. The consortium was led by Nick Pidgeon at Cardiff University).
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