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Too far or not far enough? These are Europe’s most and least popular climate policies

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🗞️ Driving the news: A comprehensive survey conducted across Germany, France, and Poland by researchers from Oxford University, Humboldt University Berlin, and Hertie School Berlin reveals that fears of a 'green backlash' at the upcoming European elections are largely unfounded
• Despite debates and concerns about environmental policy fatigue, the majority in these countries favor more ambitious climate action

🔭 The context: The survey queried 15,000 people about their views on current climate policies and specific environmental actions
• Findings show that a significant majority supports further measures to combat climate change, with desires for more concrete actions and ambitious policies evident across the surveyed nations

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Contrary to the speculated backlash, most people in the surveyed countries are concerned about climate change's impact on their lives and prefer policies that push for greater emission reductions
• Investments in green infrastructure and support for clean energy technologies are especially popular, highlighting a strong public mandate for ambitious climate action

⏭️ What's next: The results suggest that European election campaigns focusing on scaling down climate ambitions might misinterpret public sentiment
• Instead, there's an opportunity for political parties to compete over effective strategies for greening the economy, with a focus on balancing ambitious climate policies with measures to support those most affected

💬 One quote: "Taking common armchair diagnoses about a green backlash at face value would be a mistake," the report's authors assert, emphasizing the importance of not underestimating the public's desire for more robust climate action.

📈 One stat: Approximately 60% of people in Poland and Germany and 80% in France report being negatively impacted by climate change or expect to be within the next five to ten years.

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