Hungarians care only moderately for sustainability, says survey

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The Hungarian population seems to show only moderate interest in sustainable development and its social sensitivity is also low. However, people are more receptive toward environmentally conscious practices if they can easily fit into their daily routine, WWF Hungary said in a press statement sent to the Budapest Business Journal today.

The majority of Hungarians, 42%, show only moderate interest in sustainable development, while their related social sensitivity was found to be low as well, the Hungarian office of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) said, detailing the findings of its latest survey carried out in September.

In the survey involving 500 participants in the age group of 18-59, which WWF Hungary claimed to be representative, only 16% claimed to be active in environmental and nature protection, while 21% said they were interested in animal protection. A worrying 21% claimed that they do not care about “green topics,” the press statement noted. 

However, WWF Hungary saw room for optimism as the population seems to be more receptive toward environmentally conscious activities, provided these can easily be assimilated into their everyday routine, compared to the organizationʼs findings in 2010, when it conducted the same survey.

WWF Hungary added that the preference for locally manufactured products has also grown compared to the findings of the survey six years years ago. On the other hand, it claimed that the ratio of purchasing or supporting so-called “fair-trade” products has stayed under the desirable level.

“It has become obvious today that the impact of humanity on our planet is drastic, not only leading to the disappearance of certain species, but also putting the health and welfare of people at stake,” said Alexa Antal, communications manager at WWF Hungary. “Therefore, it is especially important that we understand the consequences of our actions, and that we find solutions together on how to move toward a livable and sustainable future. Each of us needs to take part in this process and we will keep working on making this more conscious,” she added.

Of current environmental issues, the Hungarian population seems most concerned about the cleanliness of drinking water and the protection of nature, increasing tendencies compared to those measured six years ago, while concern about global warming has dropped in the past six years, WWF Hungary said.

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