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In China, 64 per cent say they are environmentalists: Report

Published on May 7, 2014 10:11 AM
 
Commuters wearing masks make their way amid thick haze in the morning in Beijing on Feb 26, 2014. About 64 per cent of people in China, the world's biggest polluter, identify themselves as environmentalists, more than double that of Europe and the United States, a report published on Wednesday showed. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - In China, the world's biggest polluter, about 64 per cent of people identify themselves as environmentalists, more than double that of Europe and the United States, a report published on Wednesday showed.

The survey by Dutch research agency Motivaction said in China, where public anger has mounted over hazardous levels of pollution in towns and cities, environmentalists had a greater sense of urgency about action needed to tackle the problem than Western counterparts, where the financial crisis has knocked environmental policy down the political agenda.

Motivaction, which interviewed more than 48,000 consumers in 20 countries through online surveys, found Chinese greens tended to be socially conservative, devoted to family and traditional Asian values, and pro-business groups which believed strongly in the role of technology to solve problems.

In contrast, it said, the United States and Europe have developed a "cosmopolitan environmentalism", a movement supported frequently by liberal, highly-educated and politically active groups.

 
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