Epson has released the results of this year’s Epson Global Climate Barometer.
The Barometer captures views of over 30,000 people in 39 countries, attempting to better understand global responses to climate change. It reveals that globally more people now cite climate change as a major global issue over any other.
Evidence grows of catastrophic climate change: record high sea temperatures; record low levels of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice; and extreme climate events across the world. As we approach COP 28, a United Nations Climate Change Conference in the UAE, Epson this year specifically focused on the perspectives of those born since the first COP in 1995 – the “Eco Generation” – exploring their experiences and needs as they act to tackle climate change.
Kendra Jones, chief legal and chief sustainability officer, Epson America, says, “The world is acknowledging that climate change is one of the biggest and most challenging issues of our lives. And while we should be optimistic that action will lead to positive change, we must not let this optimism limit our actions, but inspire them.
“We believe technology is part of the answer, but the solutions need to be affordable and collaborative.”
Climate Action and Technology
When asked what positive climate actions they already take, the Eco Generation records lower levels of action than the global average in nine of the 14 categories. While climate positive action is widespread, there are groups of respondents who state that they will never act across key areas.
Barometer respondents see technology as the most important weapon in the fight against catastrophic climate change.
Yasunori Ogawa, global president of Epson, says, “As adverse impacts accelerate, now more than ever, we need to understand attitudes towards ongoing climate change. Epson is fully committed to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 through positive climate action – and to delivering solutions that enrich lives and build a better world.
“The Global Climate Barometer gives us insights into how climate change transforms the ways we live – and how we can all combat it. We believe listening to the younger generation will help governments, communities and companies better align positive action to support those for whom climate change has been a lifelong reality.”