9 out of 10 Latin Americans concerned about climate crisis

Cartagena, Colombia, Sept 4 (EFE).- The vice president of the European Investment Bank, Ricardo Mourinho, said on Monday that climate change is an issue that causes concerns in 9 out of 10 people in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the EIB Climate Survey.

“This is an issue that resonates dramatically in Latin America and the Caribbean” Mourinho said at a press conference in Cartagena de Indias during the Finance in Common Summit.

During the presentation of the EIB Climate Survey for the region, led by Thomas Froimovici, Special Projects Advisor (EIB Climate Survey), it was detailed that 80% of respondents said that governments should focus on the environment and sustainable growth rather than “economic growth at any cost.”

Also, 88% of Latin Americans support governments adopting stronger policies to combat the climate crisis.

76% believe that policies to address the climate crisis and protect the environment will improve “the comfort of their daily lives, in areas such as food and health.”

91% say the effects of the climate crisis can be felt in their daily lives, with country figures ranging from 84% in Uruguay to 96% in El Salvador.

“The results show a region with a very strong public awareness of the impact of climate change,” said Mourinho, who added that “this majority needs concrete answers.”

The survey also shows that 54% of respondents believe the climate crisis will force them to move to another region or country.

Respondents were also concerned about energy sources, with 80% believing their country should prioritize renewables over fossil fuels.

Similarly, 51% of respondents prefer large renewable energy sources such as hydroelectric, wind, solar or geothermal plants, while 29% prefer smaller renewable energy sources such as rooftop solar panels or small hydroelectric plants. EFE

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