Climate change is a pressing issue that is impacting every individual on the planet. Therefore, public opinion and perceptions on the issue is an essential factor for policymakers to address the consequences of climate change. To gain insight into the public's understanding and viewpoints on climate change, Westminster Foundation for Democracy assigned Breavis, a research and marketing communications firm, to conduct a survey in Armenia from December 6th to December 13th.
The survey, which is a component of the "Strengthening Armenia's Energy Security" initiative, funded by the UK Government's Conflict, Stability, and Security Fund (CSSF), unveiled a wealth of insights.
It revealed that 88% of respondents were “a little” or “totally” concerned about climate change, highlighting that majority of the people perceive it to be a pressing issue in Armenia. Moreover, the survey illuminated the public's perception of some of Armenia's most pressing environmental issues, listed in ascending order of importance: deforestation (65%), air pollution (63%), mining/factories, and vehicle emissions (29% each).
The survey also shed light on energy security issues, with 71% of respondents indicating that the government should use available energy sources like solar and wind to achieve full energy security. Similarly, an extensive 78% of respondents agreed that energy security is a matter of national security and sovereignty.
Through the survey, it was discovered that 79% of respondents believe that the government holds "a little" or "complete" responsibility for improving the energy security in the country, followed by 77% who attribute the same responsibility to the parliament. These results indicate that the success and failure of energy security in Armenia is assigned as a responsibility of the government and the parliament.
The results of the survey highlight the need for more robust political discourse and action on environmental issues and the importance of developing sustainable and reliable energy sources to ensure the country's energy security and independence. This survey provides a call to action for policymakers and legislators to listen to the public's concerns and work towards a more sustainable future for Armenia and the world.
Armenian version of the report
This survey was conducted to gain insight into the public's understanding and viewpoints on climate change and renewal energy in Armenia and help policymakers and legislators in their ongoing work. You can read the Armenian version of the report below.