A large majority of Hungarians share an interest in the future of the planet and are showing awareness of environmental issues that influence their lives and future generations, a survey commissioned by energy group Alteo showed.

An average person could list 12 environmental risks and among the most serious problems she cited deforestation, climate change and air pollution, the representative survey conducted in January showed. Some 80 percent said protecting the environment is a shared company responsibility.

In total, 92 percent of those polled said they were interested in protecting the environment and 82 percent said environmental issues directly affect their lives. Some 63 percent said the lives of future generations depended on protecting the environment, but nearly a third of people said they were not convinced that protecting the environment was part of the job most important to individuals.

The survey found that 87 percent are worried about climate change and 31 percent were very concerned about the potential consequences. These were mostly Budapest residents and university graduates, with the highest level of environmental risk awareness.

The survey showed that the waste of food, water, energy and clothing, and global warming were the most well-known environmental problems.

The top three things people said they were ready to do for a greener future were collecting waste, avoiding wasted energy, water and food, and cutting back on purchases. Renewable energy was cited by one in ten households and around 4% of those surveyed said they drive electric cars.

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People over the age of 50 and those with higher levels of education have shown the greatest desire to protect the environment.

featured image: volunteers collecting rubbish on the Danube in 2019 (illustration); via Zoltán Balogh / MTI


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