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Attitudes of Greek university students towards energy and the environment

Paper Topic: 
General
 
Volume: 
 
Issue: 
 

Pages :
856 - 865

Corresponing Author: 
Goula M.A.
 
Authors: 
Charisiou N.D. Goula M.A.
Paper ID: 
gnest_01527
Paper Status: 
Published
Date Paper Accepted: 
01/10/2014
Paper online: 
02/10/2014
Abstract: 

This paper summarises the results of a survey carried out amongst the student population of one of the largest Greek Technological Educational Institutes. It explores attitudes toward the environment in general and then, more specifically, toward global warming and global warming-mitigation technologies. It also explores student understanding of sources of carbon dioxide and climate change-mitigation technologies, such as carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS). Further, it analyses responses to questions about willingness of respondents to pay to solve global warming. The data was collected in October and November of 2011 using a structured questionnaire which was first formulated in English and then translated into Greek. The analysis was performed using the statistical package SPSS v17.0 and focused on descriptive statistics, in order to compare the average ratings for the different statements.

The present study concludes that university students in Greece are overwhelmingly positively disposed towards the environment with the majority of respondents believing that protecting the environment should have priority over economic considerations. Students also view the effects of global warming as serious enough to warrant action and state their belief that the current generation should meet its own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. Moreover, the majority of the participants are against the development of nuclear energy, favoring RES (solar wind and bioenergy), and energy conservation technologies. However, the study has also identified a lack of understanding in regards to sources of carbon dioxide. The majority of the respondents do not seem to know that oceans act as sinks of CO2 emissions or that the housing stock is a significant contributor to this problem. 

 

Keywords: 
survey, environment, global warming, climate change, university students, Greece

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