UNDP Survey: 86 Percent Indonesians Want Stronger Climate Action by the Government

June 21, 2024

Jakarta, 21 June 2024 - The biggest ever standalone public opinion survey on climate change, the Peoples’ Climate Vote 2024, shows 86 percent of Indonesians want the government to take stronger action to tackle the climate crisis. This echoes the results of 60 percent of Indonesians who said that they are more worried about climate change.

More than 75,000 people speaking 87 different languages across 77 countries, including Indonesia, were asked 15 questions on climate change for the survey, which was conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the University of Oxford, UK, and GeoPoll. The questions were designed to help understand how people experience the impacts of climate change and how they want world leaders to respond. The 77 countries polled represent 87 percent of the global population.

“The Peoples’ Climate Vote is loud and clear. Global citizens want their leaders to transcend their differences, to act now and to act boldly to fight the climate crisis,” said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. “The survey results – unprecedented in their coverage – reveal a level of consensus that is truly astonishing. We urge leaders and policymakers to take note, especially as countries develop their next round of climate action pledges – or ‘nationally determined contributions’ under the Paris Agreement. This is an issue that almost everyone, everywhere, can agree on.”

Fossil Fuel Phaseout
Aside from a broad call for bolder climate action, the survey shows support by a global majority of 72 percent in favour of a quick transition away from fossil fuels. In line with that, 55 percent of Indonesians have agreed to transition away from fossil fuels quickly, in accordance with the government's action to accelerate Electric Vehicles (EV) in the country.

Climate Anxiety
People across the world reported that climate change is on their minds. Globally, 56 percent said they think about it regularly, i.e. daily or weekly, including some 63 percent in Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

More than half of people globally said they were more worried than last year about climate change (53 percent). The corresponding figure was higher for those in LDCs (59 percent). On average across the nine Small Island Developing States (SIDS) surveyed, as much as 71 percent said they were more worried than last year about climate change.

Prof. Stephen Fisher, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, said: “A survey of this size was a huge scientific endeavour. While maintaining rigorous methodology, special efforts were also made to include people from marginalised groups in the poorest parts of the world. This is some of the highest quality global data on public opinions on climate change available.”

Cassie Flynn, Global Director of Climate Change, UNDP, said: “As world leaders decide on the next round of pledges under the Paris Agreement by 2025, these results are undeniable evidence that people everywhere support bold climate action. The Peoples’ Climate Vote has enlisted the voices of people everywhere – including amongst groups traditionally the most difficult to poll. For example, people in nine of the 77 countries surveyed had never before been polled on climate change. The next two years stand as one of the best chances we have as an international community to ensure that global warming stays under 1.5°C. We stand ready to support policymakers in stepping up their efforts as they develop their climate action plans through our Climate Promise initiative."

Full Report - https://peoplesclimate.vote/ 

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