The environment is important to Europeans

Despite the economic crisis, Europeans’ concern about the environment has not diminished. In an overwhelming consensus, 95 per cent of the 28,000 interviewed citizens said that protecting the environment is important to them personally and many think more can be done.

Citizens’ most cited environmental concerns related to air pollution (56%), water pollution (50%), chemicals (43%), waste (43%), and the depletion of natural resources (36%).

The most trusted sources of environmental information were scientists (40%), environmental protection associations (37%) and television (34%), while the least trusted sources were companies (2%), trade unions (3%) and national governments (6%).

Source: European Commission press release, 8 September 2014

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