Polish climate policy in the opinion of young Poles - a pilot survey
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Keywords

climate perception
young generation
Poland
climate policy
environmental economics

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Paradowska, Monika, Joost (johannes) Platje, and Aleksandra Suchecka. 2024. “Polish Climate Policy in the Opinion of Young Poles - a Pilot Survey”. Economics and Environment 87 (4): 669, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.34659/eis.2023.87.4.669.

Abstract

As established in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Green Deal, combating climate change is one of the central elements of the European Union’s policy. As a member, Poland is obliged to develop and implement climate policy in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so climate neutrality can be achieved by 2050. In the context of low political priority for the Polish government, the study aims to identify the level of awareness, perceptions, and attitudes of young Poles towards climate change, as well as their assessment of climate policy. To achieve this aim, a non-random sampling pilot survey was conducted among young Poles in spring 2022, using an electronic questionnaire made available via social media. While the results show respondents’ awareness of and rather high interest in the threats posed by climate change, in-depth knowledge of climate change, climate policy, and its socio-economic implications is lacking. The progress in and effectiveness of climate policy in Poland is rather assessed negatively. Based on the results, key directions for future actions are suggested for the young generation to become a force in creating a more effective climate policy.

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