Who is responsible for protecting us against the consequences of climate change?
New data from the Norwegian Citizen Panel show who people think are responsible for protecting us against more extreme weather and other future consequences of climate change.
In this article, Thea Gregersen, PhD Candidate at the Centre for climate and energy transformation (CET), and Torbjørn Selseng, researcher at Vestlandsforsking, present results from the latest round of the Citizen Panel.
The data, which were collected in November 2020, show that the state is by far the most chosen option when respondents are asked who they think is responsible for protecting us from the future consequences of climate change (more storms, landslides, floods, droughts and storm surges). Just under 90 percent of the respondents ticked off this option (they were able to tick off several options).
Furthermore, about 50 percent believe that (also) the municipality is responsible. About 4 out of 10 believe that the private business sector and private households have a responsibility. Less than 1 in 10 respond that they do not know.