Posted on 23 November 2016
People living in the city are more involved to sustainable development issues
Budapest – Involvement of people in both global and local issues of sustainability decreases significantly, says a new survey of WWF-Hungary. While ‘protecting freshwater supplies’ and ‘conserving nature’ still keep a leading position, the fear from climate change decreases. In September 2016 the majority of Hungarians (42%) showed a moderate interest in sustainable development, accordingly their social engagement to sustainability issues is also low.
The infographic shows the difference between the perceptions in 2010 and 2016 among the Hungarian society. The survey estimated the alterations in the perceptions about global and local environmental topics, role of media in shaping the mind-set of people, attitudes about environmentally friendly activities and what still is a ‘green wish’. Approximately 16% of the surveyed people claimed to be involved in environmental and nature protection, 21% said they were interested in animal protection, for 10% poverty and helping developing countries are the most important topics and about 11% showed less care about any sustainability issue. People living in Budapest are more involved to sustainable development activities, while in the countryside lower engagement is observed.
People are more receptive toward environmentally conscious practices if they can easily fit into their daily routine. The survey also showed that the preference for locally manufactured products has grown compared to the findings of the survey six years ago. However, buying products from Fair Trade or supporting civil organizations yet remains a wishful thinking.
“It has become obvious today that the impact of humanity on our planet is drastic, not only leading to the disappearance of certain species, but also putting the health and welfare of people at stake,” said Alexa Antal, Communications Manager at WWF-Hungary. “Therefore, it is especially important that we understand the consequences of our actions, and that we find solutions together on how to move toward a livable and sustainable future. Each of us needs to take part in this process and we will keep working on making this more conscious,” Alexa Antal said.
The survey was conducted in 2010 and 2016 by interviewing 500 participants between 18-59 years old from Hungary. In both years the samplings were selected randomly and are considered representative.