January 16, 2021

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“Many Dutch people are ready to give up flying for the climate”

"Many Dutch people are ready to give up flying for the climate"


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Many Dutch people are most willing to give up flying if it contributes to a better climate, but least of all if they leave their car at home. The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports this on the basis of its annual climate survey. It follows the cessation of meat eating, video streaming and buying new clothes in the top 5 things the Dutch are willing to give up on climate change.

42 percent of Dutch people say they want to give up flying, compared to 10 percent who say they want to leave the car at home. Older people and people who live in rural areas in particular find this difficult. Most people (67 percent) say they are already eating less meat, another 19 percent say they want to give up. There is little difference between men and women except when it comes to clothing and eating meat. Women are much more likely to stop eating meat, but are less likely to not buy new clothes. This is exactly the opposite for men.

Three quarters of young people between the ages of 15 and 29 state that they are motivated to work for a better climate. Notably, a relatively large number of young people say they want to fly again after the pandemic. The hardest thing for young people to be is stopping video streaming services. Servers and networks consume a lot of energy for this, which in turn causes greenhouse gas emissions as long as the majority of the electricity is generated from fossil fuels.

Almost three quarters of the Dutch say they are making an effort to tackle the climate crisis, but only 9 percent of the Dutch are making radical changes in their own lifestyle. “This research shows that on the one hand there is a considerable willingness to tackle the climate crisis, on the other hand the radical changes that people want to implement are much smaller,” says Els Sweeney-Bindels, Head of the Amsterdam EIB. -Office.

In addition, the EIB believes that more than a fifth of Dutch people want to fly less because of climate change and more than a third want to go on holiday in their own country because of emissions reductions. “People seem to be thinking about it. And I no longer want to call flying a radical change. “

However, the Dutch only seem willing to show climate-friendly behavior if doing so does not affect their comfort or require additional efforts. “Only 18 percent are willing to pay CO2 compensation for flying. As soon as it starts to cost something, the willingness drops, ”says Sweeney-Bindels.