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More Chinese than Europeans identify themselves as environmentalists
Survey finds Chinese environmentalists more socially conservative than liberal American and European counterparts
China’s massive pollution problems have given rise to a new force of environmental campaigners, with double the number of Chinese identifying themselves as environmentalists compared to Europe and the US, new research finds.
In Europe, financial crisis has knocked environmental policy down the political agenda and populist movements see environmentalism as a hobby of European elites.
Meanwhile in the United States, the 11 September attacks of 2001 pushed energy security to the top of the political agenda.
But in China, the world’s biggest polluter, some 64% of Chinese identify themselves as environmentalists, more than double that of Europe and the US, a report published on Wednesday by Dutch research agency Motivaction finds.
People are more concerned with issues that directly affect their livelihoods.