Most important environmental issues in Germany 2019

According to data published by IPSOS, 50 percent of respondents in Germany thought that global warming or climate change was one of the top three environmental issues facing their country, the most of any category. By contrast, only two percent of respondents believe soil erosion to be a top three environmental issue.

Comparisons with other countries
In the same survey, respondents from different countries had different opinions on the most pressing environmental issues. In Great Britain, 47 percent of respondents thought that dealing with waste was the most important issue, while in Turkey the most important issue was seen to be deforestation.

Causes of climate change
While climate change was the most important issue in Germany, two percent of Germans in 2018 thought that climate change did not exist, with a further two percent believing it to be an entirely natural process. A far higher percentage thought that climate change was mainly due to human activity, with 12 percent advising it was entirely caused by it.

In your view, what are the three most important environmental issues facing Germany today?*

Share of respondents
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Release date

April 2019



Survey time period

February 22 to March 8, 2019

Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

* The original question was worded by the source as follows: " In your view, what are the three most important environmental issues facing Germany today? That is, the top environmental issues you feel should receive the greatest attention from your local leaders?"
** Respondents from 28 countries around the world. Exact numbers surveyed in Germany not provided.
Where results do not sum to 100 or the ‘difference’ appears to be+-1 more/less than the actual, this may be due to rounding, multiple responses or the exclusion of don't knows or not stated responses.

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