Most concerning environmental issues in Italy 2019

The environmental issue that worried Italians the most in 2019 was waste management. Other popular environmental concerns were air pollution and global warming. According to a survey conducted by Ipsos in 2019, over 40 percent of Italian respondents indicated that these environmental issues were the most relevant problems that Italy faces today. Indeed, introducing measures to defend the environment was one of the Italian government’s most urgent matters according to Italian respondents.

Real emergency

Lately, awareness of climate change seems to be rising in Italy. In 2019, two-thirds of Italian respondents notably stated that the world was facing a real emergency. Indeed, these respondents declared that a point of no return had been reached. Such concerns in the country can be illustrated by the Fridays for Future demonstrations. In a recent survey, most Italian respondents believed that these demonstrations could positively impact the general awareness of climate change.

Individual responsibility

Although awareness of climate change is rising, the question of personal or governmental responsibility remains. In 2019, a vast majority of Italian respondents declared that they could, individually, make a real impact on the environment. Overall, whilst environmental skepticism remained to this day, Italians were mostly aware of the necessity of environment action.

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Release date

April 2019



Survey time period

February 22 to March 8, 2019

Number of respondents

approx. 1,000

Age group

16-74 years

Method of interview

Online panel

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