Hungarians Care More About Meat Than Environment

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Almost the entire Hungarian society would like to live in a more environmentally friendly way in the next year. Still, there is not so much openness to reducing meat consumption and wearing environmentally-friendly clothing, according to a representative survey of the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology (PPK) of ELTE, writes profitline.hu.

According to research conducted last year by the Human-Environment Transaction Institute of ELTE PPK, 94.8% of Hungarian society would like to make their lives more environmentally conscious in the next year.

Of the seven points of intervention that people would change, energy conservation (using less electricity, gas, and water) took the top place, wrote psychologist Attila Varga. At the bottom of the list are greener clothing and eating less animal-based food. 

The survey shows significant differences regionally: respondents from Central Hungary planned to reduce their energy consumption the most, and the respondents from Northern Hungary suggested they would make the least effort to do so. 

The regional differences identified in the research highlight the fact that the potential for energy savings depends to a large extent on the social situation.

"It is important to note that reducing energy consumption must not be at the expense of human health, so even in the midst of the energy price explosion, it is a matter of social solidarity to ensure that everyone can heat in winter, and preferably in the least environmentally damaging way possible," Varga noted.

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