Climate Change Concern Unaffected by Pandemic

Covid-19 has not made people any less concerned about climate change – despite the pandemic disrupting and dominating many aspects of their lives, a study suggests.


Over a period of 14 months – including the first three months of the Covid-19 lockdown – neither concern about climate change nor belief in the severity of the problem declined in the UK, the research found.

Researchers compared responses to the pandemic with the financial crisis of 2008 to better understand how worries and priorities can change in a crisis.

Replacing concerns

In contrast to the economic collapse of 2008, which led to reduced concern with environmental issues, the pandemic has not decreased people’s belief in the severity of climate change.

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