Environmental issues: Brazilians bet on technology as a solution

Water and air pollution are major concern; trust in government to is low


The concern with the environment and recovery of natural resources has been the major challenge in this century. The tone of the debate is to bring government and the population together for concrete actions that promote sustainable development, as well as foster awareness through education, under social and environmental responsibility. In face of so much to be done, what do Brazilians fear most in relation to environmental problems?

Market Analysis Institute was looking for these answers and found that air, water pollution and automobile gas emissions, as well as the scarcity of drinking water are among the main concerns. However, if on the one side, global leaders discuss an environmental agenda, it is precisely the government sector, in Brazil, which holds the lowest rate of reliability—just 10%—for executing initiatives that would change that scenario. For those heard in the research, NGOs, third sector entities and economic groups are the main articulation, awareness and transformation measure agents as a benefit to society. In each one of those sectors, the reliability rate exceeds 50%.

Survey data shows that climate change/global warming and the decrease of natural resources are also among the main causes to be treated by environmental recovery.

When asked about individual responsibilities in relation to climate change, there is a small margin of difference in recognizing their responsibility as a citizen for their attitudes that impact the environment. Of the total, 52% completely agree (19%) or partially agree (33%) that their attitudes are destructive, while 47% completely disagree (25%) or partially disagree (22%) that they cause an impact to the environment.

To revert the situation, technology is mentioned by 60% of the respondents as the major ally of the initiatives that promote climate change. Technology solutions are seen, however, as facilitators of behavioral changes in a way that they don’t require major individual efforts.

Respondents’ conclusion is very much in line with that adopted by Brazil, based on the agreements executed during COP21, to invest in clean technologies to beat the climate and environmental challenges.

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