Ipsos Global Trends

environment

Megatrends: Long-term trends shaping the world in 2017 and beyond

Before exploring key trends from our research, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the underlying demographic, economic and social changes that provide the backdrop to this report.

Principles of uncertainty – the public and environmental scientists

Scientists tend to enjoy high levels of public trust, but on the environment, the global public is finely split – 47% agree that “even the scientists don’t really know what they are talking about on environmental issues”, and 44% disagree.

Environmental disaster: Rising concern for emerging economies

While in the West public concerns about the environment are static, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa lead the world in concern.

Trust in businesses to protect environment

To what extent, if at all, do you agree with the following statements:

I trust businesses to care for the environment

Trust in businesses to protect environment

Changing habits to prevent environmental disaster

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

We are heading for environmental disaster unless we change our habits quickly

Changing habits to prevent environmental disaster

Companies attention to the environment

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Companies do not pay enough attention to the environment

Companies attention to the environment

Personal recycling

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

I try to recycle as much as I can

Personal recycling

Discussion around the environment

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

I’m tired of the fuss that is being made about the environment

Discussion around the environment

Using the environment to raise taxes

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

The government is just using environmental issues as an excuse to raise taxes

Using the environment to raise taxes

Opinions of scientists on the environment

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Even the scientists don’t really know what they are talking about on environmental issues

Opinions of scientists on the environment

Climate change as a natural phenomenon

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

The climate change we are currently seeing is a natural phenomenon that happens from time to time

Climate change as a natural phenomenon

Climate change as a result of human activity

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity

Climate change as a result of human activity