Hongkongers worry about climate change’s effects on future generations more than on themselves

Hongkongers worry about climate change’s effects on future generations more than on themselves

Results from new study also state that only half of respondents think climate change is currently having an impact on Hong Kongers

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According to the HK Observatory, climate change has been affecting Hong Kong.
Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

Hongkongers are more concerned about climate change’s effects on future generations than on themselves, a survey has revealed. Its findings were published by a non-profit research centre run by Chinese University and Oxford University on Thursday.

Out of 1,011 respondents aged 15 or above, only 12.3 per cent were “extremely worried” or “very worried” about climate change affecting themselves. In contrast, 42.3 per cent of the respondents were “extremely worried” or “very worried” that climate change will affect future generations.

The Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response surveys were conducted by phone from February to September.

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One of the issues they focused on was climate change. According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the city’s annual mean temperature has been rising since records were first kept in 1885, with an average rise of 0.12 degrees Celsius per decade from 1885 to 2017.

The annual mean temperature in 1885 was 21.5 degrees Celsius, 2.4 degrees lower than the 23.9 degrees Celsius recorded in 2017. The rate of increase in average temperature also became faster in the latter half of the 20th century, reaching 0.18 degrees Celsius per decade between 1988 and 2017.

However, as shown in the survey results, only half of the respondents think climate change is currently having an impact on Hongkongers. Meanwhile, 22 per cent and 18 per cent of them think it will start affecting locals in 10 and 25 years, respectively.

Edited by M. J. Premaratne

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
HKers more concerned for future generation

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