Event: China4C and YPCCC Present Public Opinion Survey Results at COP 23 in Bonn, Germany


Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz of YPCCC and Dr. Binbin Wang of China4C
Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz of YPCCC and Dr. Binbin Wang of China4C

At COP 23 in Bonn, Germany,China Center for Climate Change Communication (China4C) and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) hosted an official UNFCCC side event to present results from 2017 surveys of public opinion about climate change in China and the United States. The studies demonstrate that the public in China and the US – the world’s top carbon emitters – support climate action domestically and internationally. The survey’s insights should help inform policy makers and civil society as they mobilize to act on climate change.

Video table of contents:

Intro: 00:07
Mobilizing in US & China: 01:53
Chinese Opinion: 02:40
US Opinion: 05:33
Communication Challenges: 07:57
Communication Opportunities: 09:13
Conclusions: 10:50

A video of event highlights, subtitled in Chinese, can be found here.
The six graphs below, highlighting key results from both studies, compare the key climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support found in China and the U.S.

Binbin Wang, Ph.D., of China4C, lead author of the survey in China, presented survey results and ata along with Dr. Leiserowitz. Other speakers and event participants included Jing Hui, Director of Communications for Energy Foundation China; Nick Nuttall, Head of Communications and Outreach and Spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; Kalee Kreider, Special Advisor of the UN Foundation; Tom Brookes, Executive Director – Strategic Communications for the European Climate Foundation; and Alan Li, CEO of China Merchants New Energy Group. This event was supported by the Energy Foundation.

photos by Joel Sheakoski