According to 93% of Filipinos felt impact of climate change; optimism still prevails - SWS | Inquirer News, 93 percent of adult Filipinos reported that in the previous three years, they had personally experienced the effects of climate change.
According to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) study issued on Thursday, in particular, 17% of those polled said the impact was severe, and 52% said it was moderate.
Despite these dismal results, the study also revealed that the majority of Filipinos are still optimistic about the effort to slow down climate change.
The study also revealed that 88% of respondents agreed with the statement, "some people can do something to reduce climate risk or risks resulting from climate change," with 51% strongly agreeing and 37% somewhat agreeing. The SWS added that 3% of respondents disagreed (correctly rounded to 2% somewhat disagree and 1% strongly disagree), leaving 10% undecided.
The SWS also discovered that 76 percent of Filipinos, or three out of four, believe that if people tried extremely hard, they could do something to lessen the effects of climate change. Notably, 23% believe that humans cannot stop climate change. As on the SWS, 1% are doubtful.
Four out of five Filipinos were found to be previously aware of climate change, according to the SWS, and there is a very high awareness of some solutions to reduce the harmful effects of climate change.
A total of 1,200 persons (18 years and above) nationwide were face-to-face interviewed for the Fourth Quarter 2022 Social Weather Survey between December 10 and 14, 2022, with 300 of those interviews taking place in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. According to the SWS, face-to-face interviews are the norm for Social Weather Stations.