One in five Irish people expect to have to move in the future due to climate change


Most Irish believe that solutions to climate change will create more jobs and a better quality of life.

More than half say a green transition of the economy will be a source of growth, according to a survey.

Research on Irish attitudes to solving the climate crisis reveals:

  • 63% believe that climate policies will improve their quality of life
  • 59% think climate change policies will create more jobs than they take away
  • 53% declare that the green transition will be a source of economic growth

However, one in five people here expect to have to move to another region in the future due to climate change – a figure that rises to 39% among people aged 20-29 – while a similar number fears losing his job because it will become incompatible with the need to mitigate climate problems.

The results are contained in the latest version of the 2021-2022 Climate Survey carried out in September 2021 and published by the European Investment Bank (EIB), the lending arm of the European Union and the largest multilateral lender in the world. world for climate action projects.

Two-thirds of Irish people who believe environmental changes will improve quality of life predict there will be a positive impact on the food they eat and their health.

However, nearly three-quarters (72%) expect their purchasing power to decline with the green transition.

According to Irish respondents, the challenges of climate change are here to stay.

While a third (34%) think the climate emergency will be under control by 2050, 64% believe it will still be a serious problem by the middle of the century.

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The Irish said they saw climate change threatening where they lived. Asked about the longer-term impact of the climate crisis, a fifth expect to have to move to another region or country due to climate change.

This worry almost doubles among people in their twenties, with 39% of them saying they are worried about the possibility of having to move because of climate issues.

Irish people, especially the younger generation, are also concerned about the sustainability of their jobs: almost a third of respondents aged 20-29 (31%) fear losing their job because it will become incompatible with the fight against climate change.

Irish people are aware of the behavioral changes needed to combat climate change.

They believe that individual lifestyle changes that reduce carbon emissions will grow in popularity over the next 20 years.

Two-thirds say they think most people will work from home to help fight climate change, while a third (35%) think most people will have adopted a plant-based diet and close to half (48%) predict that an energy quota will be allocated to everyone.

EIB Vice-President Christian Kettel Thomsen said: “Irish people see clear opportunities in the green transition for their quality of life as well as for the job market in general. However, they are also concerned, especially the younger generation, about the long-term impact of climate change on where they live and on the sustainability of their jobs.

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