What is it about?

Governments are taking steps to tackle climate change, but to make a real difference, they need the public to support these efforts. To do this, it’s important to know what people think about climate change and find ways to get them to support the actions that must be taken. In this paper, the authors report the results of their survey of over 1000 respondents across 28 countries. The aim of their survey was to learn how people feel about climate policies, especially about carbon pricing. They questioned people on their views on climate risk and their opinions on who should do the hard work to make these policies happen.

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Why is it important?

The survey found that most people worry about climate change, particularly in countries more affected by it. Women, educated people, and those who follow the news tend to worry more. Plus, most people think that all countries should equally share responsibility for the climate policies to work. The survey found three main things that can make the public support climate policies: if they think the policies will work, if the policies seem to be fair, and if they have extra benefits, like cleaner air. The survey also found that when people learn more about climate change, carbon pricing, and the good things that come from these policies, they are more likely to support them. KEY TAKEAWAY: This paper helps us understand what makes people support climate change policies. These insights can help leaders map out and put into practice successful policies that protect our planet. This research relates to the following Sustainable Development Goals: • SDG 13: Climate Action • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals Disclaimer - This summary was prepared by Kudos Innovations Ltd and does not necessarily represent the views of International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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This page is a summary of: Public Support for Climate Change Mitigation Policies: A Cross Country Survey, IMF Working Paper, October 2023, International Monetary Fund,
DOI: 10.5089/9798400258138.001.
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