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Survey of Experts on Climate Change Awareness and Public Participation in China

Expertenstudie zum Bewusstseinwandel im Hinblick auf Klimawandel und öffentliche Partizipation in China
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Kuhn, Berthold; Zhang, Yangyong

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Abstract "Climate protection issues are receiving more attention in China. Responding to this survey, 133 environmental and climate protection experts indicated that the government is a key factor in raising awareness of climate protection in China. Experts participating in the survey also referred to the role of the media - in particular social media - NGOs and educational institutions in spreading climate protection awareness. Additionally, interviews were carried out with 40 of the experts, who were grouped into different categories to discover whether there were any striking differences of opinion between experts of different backgrounds. Their assessments revealed few statistically relevant differences, though some are worth noting: Chinese researchers, project managers and representatives of NGOs were more positive than international experts regarding the impact of the Rio+20 conference on climate change discourse in China. Also, the youngest experts with the least international experience evaluated the potential of green volunteer work highest." (author's abstract)
Keywords China; climate; climate policy; climate change; ecology; problem consciousness; social change; non-governmental organization; civil society; media; discourse; government; expert; Far East; developing country; Asia
Classification Ecology, Environment; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method descriptive study; empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 177-212
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43 (2014) 1
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs