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Many Europeans want climate action – but less so if it changes their lifestyle, shows poll

By Jon Henley

02 May 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Many Europeans say they are worried about climate change and would like to do something to tackle it. But many would rather not change their lifestyles too much. The Guardian has the details.

Many Europeans are alarmed by the climate crisis and would willingly take personal steps and back government policies to help combat it, a survey suggests – but the more a measure would change their lifestyle, the less they support it.

The seven-country YouGov survey tested backing for state-level climate action, such as banning single-use plastics and scrapping fossil-fuel cars, and individual initiatives including buying only secondhand clothes and giving up meat and dairy products.

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