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Opinion poll: everyone can create a cleaner environment

2015-02-13

Environmental pollution has been a top concern – that’s what findings from an opinion poll run on behalf of the Ministry of Environment show. More than 90% of respondents felt they could make personal contributions to creating a cleaner environment.

Ninety-eight per cent found environmental pollution to be a relevant concern. This issue was of particular importance to 65% of the surveyed population.

The respondents rated the environmental pollution level to be above average (6 points out of 10).

More than three fourths believe that EU support is helpful when it comes to reducing pollution in Lithuania. People think that support is normally allocated to managing regional and national parks, supplying drinking water and wastewater management as well as housing renovation. Among those who thought that EU earmarks funding to environmental protection, four out of ten said they personally experienced the benefits behind that support.

The respondents thought that reducing environmental pollution could benefit the most from sorting and reducing waste (83%), management of polluted industrial sites (71%), improving the condition of the Baltic Sea and other water bodies (69%), and developing the supply of drinking water and of wastewater infrastructure (55%).

Nearly all (96%) respondents said they felt they could personally contribute to creating a cleaner environment. Fifty per cent claimed that various events, campaigns, exhibitions or videos on TV could encourage them to pay attention to environmental issues. Another 11% mentioned different campaigns and initiatives on social networks. Outdoor advertising would encourage 9% of respondents to contribute to creating a cleaner environment. To others, information on news portals, discussion shows on TV and videos on the web could be an incentive.

Public information division
13 February 2015

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas