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One in five Indonesians don't believe human activity causes climate change

  • Devina Heriyanto
    Devina Heriyanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 15, 2019   /   11:51 am
One in five Indonesians don't believe human activity causes climate change Climate change is making more people around the world vulnerable to heat exposure, putting them at greater risk of heart and kidney disease, heat stress and other heat-related killers. (Shutterstock/Calin Tatu)

A survey has revealed that 18 percent of Indonesians do not believe human activity causes climate change, while another 6 percent believe that the climate is not changing at all.

Indonesia has the highest percentage of climate change deniers among 23 countries surveyed in a study conducted from Feb. 28 to March 26 by global public opinion and data company YouGov.

A quarter of Indonesians said humans were mainly responsible for climate change, while 29 percent believed other factors also played a role. Another 21 percent of respondents answered by saying they did not know.

Eight percent of Indonesians said human-driven global warming was a hoax and part of a conspiracy theory.

Saudi Arabia is second after Indonesia with 16 percent of people who do not believe that humans contribute to climate change, followed by the United States (13 percent), South Africa (11 percent), Mexico (10 percent) and Egypt (10 percent).

However, Indonesians consider it important to buy locally made products instead of imported goods (87 percent), as well as ethical or eco-friendly products (92 percent). 

In comparison, Italy, which had 48 percent of respondents say that humans were mainly responsible for climate change, had fewer people say it was important to buy local products (80 percent) and ethical or eco-friendly products (79 percent).

The Guardian, which exclusively published the YouGov data, noted that "a clear majority of people around the world think climate change is happening and that it is all or partly down to human actions". (swd)