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The vast majority of global citizens - almost 80 per cent - feel very concerned about the impacts of climate change, whilst two out of three citizens think that climate action is an opportunity to improve their quality of life.

These are the top findings of the largest ever citizen consultation on climate change carried out by the more than 100 partners of the World Wide Views Alliance ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.

The synthesis report of the study is now available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese.

Key findings of the study 

  • 78 percent of global citizens feel very concerned about the impacts of climate change.
  • 66 per cent think that measures to tackle climate change are an opportunity to improve their quality of life.
  • 68 per cent of global citizens think that a Paris agreement should include a global long-term goal to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions at the end of the century that is legally binding for all countries; developing and developed countries being at the same level.
  • 79 per cent think high-income countries should pay more than the already agreed $100 billion annually by 2020 for mitigation and adaptation in low-income countries,
  • 79 per cent of citizens consider that their country should take measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, even if many other countries do not take measures.

The authors of the report say that citizens at every level need to be involved for an effective universal climate agreement to be reached in Paris.

Tackling climate change is not only an issue to be addressed by governments, negotiators, large communities and companies, but above all one that concerns citizens, all citizens. It is essential for global citizens to take part in Paris COP21 negotiations and have their voice be heard at a global level.

The debate and citizen consultation was conducted on a single day in June of this year in 76 countries starting in Fiji in the Pacific and ending in Arizona in the United States, involving around 10,000 people carefully selected for being demographically representative of their countries.

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The project was coordinated by the Danish Board of Technology Foundation, in collaboration with Missions Publiques and the French National Commission for Public Debate.

It was initiated by the UNFCCC secretariat and implemented by partners in the World Wide Views Alliance, with support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy as COP 21 host.

World Wide Views on Climate and Energy has received the official COP 21 label, making it a key contribution to the negotiation process on the road to Paris.

For more information on the World Wide Views project, the partners, and the meetings worldwide, visit the website.

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