The Dutch are more worried about climate change than about terrorism or integration according to research for the governmental Durability Monitor 2007, Trouw reports on Wednesday.
The research shows that six out of ten people are seriously concerned about the climate and just over half doing something about it like saving energy and sorting rubbish.
The concern does not however stop them using their cars, says Trouw. Of the 18% of respondents who said climate change is their biggest worry, only 35% said they left the car at home in favour of the bicycle or public transport. Many of them also still use energy-wasting freezers and clothes dryers, the paper says.
The paper concludes that people are not yet prepared to make real changes in their behaviour, unlike youngsters between 12 and 29 years old. Research published on Tuesday for Jongeren 2007 shows that 83% of this age group thinks immediate action is necessary to combat climate change.
The Durability Monitor says that worry about climate change has increased considerably over the past year. Global terrorism (17%) and terrorism at home (12%) also score highly. Integration of newcomers into society is of relatively little concern, with the quality of the health service and education together with poverty bigger worries.
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