Survey on climate-impacting measures

What to do to stop climate change?

Even with little things we can help our environment a lot. That is why we would like to change people’s mindsets with our project in order to help the earth.

What was our goal?

With our project we wanted to get people to implement climate-changing measures. We especially wanted to know why people do not implement them and what they’d need to change their opinion. Is it, for example, the lack of information? Financial reasons? Or is it because we don’t have any laws about this topic? It would also be interesting to know where the costs would arise from doing nothing about the climate. A specialist answered this question in a short e-mail, which we will present later in our article.

How can it be achieved?

To achieve our goal, we created a survey where we asked people what they already know about this topic and what they would like to know or where they lack information. All of the questions are original. A survey is the best way to get as much information as possible, because each person is able to write down their own opinion.

Before we get to the results of the survey we wanted to inform you what climate-changing measures even are.

Examples could be:

  • The greening of facades
  • The unsealing (entsiegeln) and greening of movement areas
  • Shadowing traffic and movement areas

Examples for natural people or communities:

  • Greening of the balconies
  • Car-Sharing
  • Fewer petrol cars → Electronic cars/hydrogen
    (Wasserstoff) powered cars/other solutions yet to be
    invented
  • Plant trees
  • Recycling

Where would the costs arise from doing nothing about climate-change?

To get an answer from a specialist, we turned to Noemi Probst. She is an expert in reg. Measures of cities. According to her answer our question is very difficult to answer. Such predictions are calculated with the help of models, but the results are not the same depending on the study because different factors are taken into account.

However, she absolutely agreed with us that there will be increased costs for the health system (increasing heat in cities especially affects older people), for infrastructure (damage due to heavy downfall, which will increase, or rockfalls because the permafrost is thawing (auftauen), etc.), in agriculture (crop failures due to droughts(Dürren)). However, increased costs are to be expected in almost all sectors if measures are not taken early.

Results of our Survey

We asked the same questions (and more) to the public. Here’s what they answered:

What climate effective measures do you know of
Graph 1: What climate effective measures do you know of

We can clearly see that the people know of climate-effective measures. However, are they already implementing them? This is what we asked them for our next question.

What measures are you already implementing
Graph 2: What measures are you already implementing

Recycling is the one which is known the most in our society. That is why people implement it the most. Electric cars are very expensive, which is probably the reason why people didn’t choose that one very often. We wanted to know why. So we asked them why they don’t implement certain measures.

Why do you not implement certain measures
Graph 3: Why do you not implement certain measures

As you can see most people don’t implement measures, because they don’t have enough money. Slightly surprising many people answered the lack of information. As you can see the least chosen one was, because they see no use in it.

What would you need to do more for the climate?

People definitely need more money, as impacting measures isn’t always that inexpensive like for example solar systems or electric cars. Measures like the ones mentioned in our post should be more spread in our world, so people have better knowledge about it.

How much of a scale from 1-10 do you do for our climate
Graph 4: How much of a scale from 1-10 do you do for our climate

Only a few people think, they do much for our climate. The most chosen one from a scale from 1-10 was 5-6 which means they do a little to stop climate change.

Where do you think the most costs arise if you do nothing for the climate
Graph 5: Where do you think the most costs arise if you do nothing for the climate

As this question is very difficult to answer it was especially interesting, what people think. As you can see biodiversity, infrastructure and healthcare costs were chosen almost the same amount of times. Landscape has been chosen a little more as it is possible that it will suffer a lot in the future. Even more than it does now.

How would you react if suddenly your district was only accessible by electric cars? 

Many people would be mad, because they don’t have an electric car to drive this road. But if they say, from the year 2023, for example, your road can only be driven by electric cars, they would overthink their opinion, because they have some time to prepare themselves and to buy an E-Car.

 

What do you think of "green zones" which are only accessible by electric cars
Graph 6: What do you think of “green zones” which are only accessible by electric cars

Surprisingly post people think it is a good idea. Firstly, it is surprising, because not everyone is able to afford an electric car, and they wouldn’t be allowed to drive this street anymore without one. Secondly it is also surprising when you compare the answers with the ones from the question before.

How do you imagine the city of the future?

People answered that they imagine the future with a lot of electric cars, recycling stations, that you don’t throw away waste at the floor, big companies with solar systems and green walls / roofs or electric cars. But even “probably ruined” was mentioned, because people aren’t motivated enough to change, which will be a problem for our future.

List five things a city of the future must have

  • More plants
  • less plastic
  • more people who listen and are motivated
  • more electric cars
  • more solar panels
  • Zero pollution (keine Luftverschmutzung)
  • Green infrastructure
  • Strong disaster management to handle natural calamities (Naturkatastrophen)
  • Electric and flying vehicles only
  • Natural energy resources 

These were all things listed by people who answered our survey.

Reflection

At the beginning we had some difficulties to decide, which topic we’re going to choose. However, we decided on the topic of climate-changing measures because it was the only thing that we all agreed on.

Unfortunately, no one wanted to cooperate with us. But in our opinion it would have been much more complicated to do a collaboration, because our project is only based on a survey.

We didn’t have any struggles to decide who’s going to do what. It was also very interesting to do such a project in English. A bit sad is, that we didn’t get as many answers from our survey as we expected to. Even though we spread it in many ways. Although everything worked out, we couldn’t get much knowledge out of our project and would choose something different next time. But in the end, we’re happy with our final result.

Livia, Lukas and Julian

Image Sources for the header image collage
Photo by Joris Visser on Unsplash
Photo by E Mens on Unsplash
Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash

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Urban gardening
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Green Roofs – lively green instead of dull gravel
Green walls for a green City!

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