In cooperation with Umanotera, Mediana conducted research into Slovenian knowledge of global warming last October.
In general, Slovenians believe that climate change is the biggest problem of the 21st century. They believe that the state should take more affirmative action against climate change even if this would influence their way of life (an average mark of 4.1) and they by no means agree with the statement that we should not be concerned about climate change (2.2).
Slovenians believe that climate change is mostly affected by traffic, the destruction of forests and industry (an average mark of 4.5) and, to a slightly lesser degree, by waste (4.3), excessive consumption (4.1) and least of all by the generation of electricity and heat (3.9) and industry (3.7). We can see that all the average marks are very high, which indicates a high level of awareness of the impacts on global warming among Slovenia’s residents.
The study participants see their knowledge on climate change and its consequences as good (an average mark of 2.7). At the same time, they see people as the main culprits for climate change (an average mark of 4.0). As much as 75 percent of the respondents said that we need to start fighting climate change immediately as we are already running out of time, while 15 percent believe that it is already too late to do anything against climate change.
We also asked Slovenians how they themselves contribute to the fight against climate change. The respondents said that they often or always save electricity (72%), recycle (68%), use efficient electric and electronic devices (58%) and do not buy unnecessary products (54%). The lowest level of participation in the fight against climate change was found in the use of green energy (28%) and the use of their own forms of renewable energy (often or always 25%).