The study of attitudes towards climate protection, conducted by the European Investment Bank, questions the division into radically pro-ecological youth and older people who do not care about the environment. The dividing line between the generations is not as clear as the young Greta Thunberg supporters would like to believe, writes the daily Die Welt.
"Climate protection is perceived by society as a generation issue: on the one hand, pupils and students from the + Fridays for Future + generation (demonstrations organized to defend the climate - PAP), and on the other hand, the older generation, which, for the sake of the economy and welfare, ignores all ecological fears" - notes the journal.
"In the face of the epochal challenge of climate change (the latter attitude) is considered by many to be irresponsible, there are already calls in the daily newspapers to take away the right to vote + old people + and allow children to vote," he adds.
However, the EIB study questions this concept of the fight between the old and the young for the climate. It shows that the generation of people aged over 65 is, in part, much more consistent in this respect than the generation of people aged 15-29.
For example, a total of 36 percent of Germans believe that most greenhouse gas-emitting products and services should be banned. However, broken down by age group, 47 percent of respondents over the age of 65 would be able to imagine such a ban, while among those aged 15-29, only 27 percent.
This trend continues on other issues as well. For example, only 31 percent of those under the age of 30 believe domestic flights should be banned, while 46 percent of those over 65 believe a short-haul ban is a good option.
47 percent of the young and 53 percent of the elderly agree that better recycling is a priority. In turn, only 37 percent of young people are in favor of banning the production of particularly short-lived or unrepairable goods, while as many as 61 percent of seniors.
Young people under the age of 29 are also reluctant to be banned from speeding on the motorway; only 12 percent would agree to a speed limit - 26 percent in the over 65 age group. More than a third (38%) of older people also support a ban on high-polluting cars from entering the city center, compared to only 25% of young people.
Worryingly for Germany, "a country of DIY enthusiasts and engineers," only 28 percent of Germans believe that technology and digitization are among the best in climate protection, notes Die Welt. However, in the 15- to 29-year-old generation, technology adherents are particularly low - only 22 percent of people in this age group treat technology as a priority in climate protection.
Overall, 39 percent of respondents in Europe were in favour of changing everyday behaviour to improve the climate. EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle sees the results as "encouraging news" for all of Europe.
"People strongly believe that they can help solve the climate crisis through their personal behaviour," he said. The Portuguese (51%), Slovaks (44%) and Luxembourgers (43%) agree with this view even more than the Germans.
From Berlin Berenika Lemańczyk (PAP)