ENVIRONMENT

Greeks in favor of shift to green policies

Greeks in favor of shift to green policies

Most Greeks believe climate policies will make their life better, boost growth and create more jobs, according to a European Investment Bank survey released on Tuesday.

The EIB found out that two-thirds of Greeks (67%) believe their quality of life will improve, with greater convenience in their everyday lives and a positive impact on the quality of their food and their health. This compares with the European Union average rate of 61%, while in Cyprus the rate stands at 75%.

Are policies to tackle climate change good news for the economy? The majority of Greeks would agree: 63% say the green transition will be a source of economic growth (above the EU average of 56%). Policies that address the climate crisis are also seen as good news for the job market: 57% of respondents think these will have a net positive impact on employment levels within the country, creating more jobs than they eliminate. However, nearly two-thirds (61%) of Greeks anticipate that their purchasing power will decrease with the green transition.

The 2021-22 Climate Survey conducted in September 2021 also showed that Greeks see climate change threatening their place of residence: When asked about the longer-term impact of the climate crisis, one-third of Greeks (30%) expect to have to move to another region or country because of climate change. This concern is nearly double among people in their 20s, with a majority of them (56%) saying they are worried about the possibility of needing to move due to climate issues. Greeks, especially young people, are also concerned about the sustainability of their jobs: One-third of respondents aged 20-29 (33%) fear they could lose their job because it will become incompatible with the fight against climate change, which is 10 points above the national average of 23%.

According to Greek respondents, the challenges related to climate change are here to stay: While 29% of them believe that the climate crisis will be under control by 2050, two-thirds (65%) feel that it will still be a serious issue by mid-century.

Surprisingly, more than a quarter of respondents (28%) believe that most people will no longer own a car in 20 years’ time, and 77% say they think that most people will be working from home to contribute to the fight against climate change. Lastly, two-fifths (43%) think most people will have adopted a plant-based diet.