Number of Kiwis who view climate change as an issue doubles [RNZ, 03/02/20]

A new survey has suggested that New Zealanders’ perception of the environment has changed over time.

The Public Perceptions of New Zealand’s Environment online survey released by Lincoln University was completed by 2000 people and looked at what people think about the state of the environment.

It indicated the number of people who viewed climate change as an issue for the nation almost doubled from since 2016.

Professor Ken Hughly said he wasn’t surprised.

“A substantial proportion of respondents chose climate change as their number one global issue, and even though it was only second as an issue for New Zealand, it has certainly increased hugely. People are aware of what is going on and it is now being reflected in those surveys,” Professor Hughly said.

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