Belz, J. et al.Environmental awareness in Germany 2020 – Results of a representative population survey

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Janina Belz, Robert Follmer, Jana Hölscher, Dr. Immanuel Stieß & Georg Sunderer

Release date:
February 2022

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA)

The 2020 Environmental Awareness Survey shows that environmental and climate protection has not lost its importance despite the Corona pandemic. 65 percent of respondents rated it as very important, which is a similar figure to 2018. In particular, climate protection continued to be just as important during the Corona pandemic for 70 percent of respondents, and even became more important for 16 percent. Accordingly, decisive action on climate protection is clearly supported by large segments of the population.

The study has been examining the development of environmental awareness and behavior in Germany every two years since 1996. For the study, around 2,000 people were surveyed by means of representative online interviews at the end of 2020. The study provides a socio-scientifically sound basis for environmental policy and environmental communication and is aimed at the technically interested public.

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