DUBAI: Most Saudis believe climate change will affect their lives but fewer believe human activity is to blame or that they should do anything about it, a new survey suggests.
Researchers found most people in the world accepted climate change would cause serious economic damage, rising sea levels endangering cities, mass displacement of people and even wars.
But the survey identified clear differences in attitudes to the issue between people in the West and those in the East.
Asked to describe their views on the environment, 35 percent of people in Saudi Arabia, 42 percent in Egypt and 52 percent in the UAE said human activity was mainly responsible for climate change.
The numbers who believed humanity was to blame were 69 percent in Spain and 66 percent in Italy.
YouGov surveyed 30,000 people in 28 countries, including seven in the Middle East; Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.
“The area of concern that stands out for the Middle East in general is the proportion of respondents in the region who believe either they or their country could be doing more to combat climate change,” Scott Booth, head of data products and services at YouGov MENA, told Arab News. “Fewer than half … thought they or their country could be doing more. In all cases, a lower proportion thought they themselves could be doing more to tackle climate change.”