The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), under the Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office, conducted a survey from May to July 2019 to gauge public perception and views on climate change. About 1,000 Singapore residents aged 15 and above were interviewed face-to-face for their views. This survey has been conducted by the Government once every two years since 2011.
The survey found that over 90% of Singapore residents are aware of climate change and its impact; and close to 80% are prepared to do more to fight climate change. Key findings from the 2019 survey are:
a) Higher public awareness of climate change and its impact:
- More than 9 in 10 (94.9%) have heard of, read, or come across the terms “Climate Change” and “Global Warming”, up from 89.5% in 2017 and 80.6% in 2015.
- Most respondents are also aware of the impact of climate change, such as disrupting ecosystems (95.3%), increased vulnerability to heat stress and diseases (93.7%, and problems caused by rising sea levels (93.4%).
b) Strong support for Singapore to shift to low carbon economy:
- More than 9 in 10 (95.4%) support Singapore making a shift to a low carbon economy.
- About 8 in 10 (78.2%) are prepared to play their part towards a low carbon Singapore, even if they are expected to bear some additional costs and inconvenience as consumers.
c) More individuals are taking climate-friendly actions. Most are motivated to preserve a liveable world for future generations:
- More than 6 in 10 (60.9%) strongly believe that individual action makes a difference in fighting climate change.
- More respondents are taking climate-friendly actions such as conserving water (90.7%, up from 85.8%t in 2017), reducing food wastage and tracking food expiration (79.7%, up from 77.6 % in 2017), and switching off electrical appliances at the wall socket (91%, same as 2017).
- “Preserving a liveable world for future generations” is respondents’ top reason to perform climate-friendly actions.
- More than 8 in 10 (84.8%) strongly believe that climate change is already happening and will affect our future generations if we do nothing. However, only about half of them (48.3%) know what to do to help address climate change.
d) Collective action is needed: Respondents believe that Government, Businesses and Individuals all have a part to play in tackling climate change. Respondents also view Community Groups and Non-governmental Organisations as having a part to play in tackling climate change.
Addressing climate change is a whole-of-society effort, and requires the Government, Businesses, the Community and Individuals to work together. The Government will continue to encourage collective climate action, and work closely with businesses and citizens to co-create solutions to build a resilient and sustainable Singapore.