advertisement
advertisement

Which Countries Care Least–And Most–About The Environment?

No matter how good Americans are at recycling and fuel efficiency, we can’t fix the planet without the rest of the world. Do people in other countries think about the environment? Not that much.

Which emerging economy cares least about the environment? Nigeria? South Africa?

advertisement
advertisement

No, according to a global survey of environmental attitudes, the answer is Mother Russia. When asked for their feelings about the environment, 15% of Russians said, well, they didn’t have any.

That factoid is one of many from this infographic from Jana, an agency in Boston that pays respondents by sending credit to their cell phones. It contacted at least 300 people in each of the countries here, working through network operators.


After Russia, 10% of Indians, and 9% of Pakistanis also said they didn’t have time for the environment, while only 1% of Vietnamese said that.


Concerns about energy efficiency vary widely. While 32% of Ugandans consider the issue when purchasing cars, only 5% of Brazilians do. The difference surely has something to do with price of fuel. Uganda imports most of its oil. Brazil is a net-exporter, and a biofuel superpower.


Respondents were asked whether they took the environment into account when making transport choices. 28% of Indians said they did, compared to only 4% of Brazilians.


Finally, the survey looked at recycling rates. 77% of Filipinos said they had recycled bottles, cans or glass in the previous week. And, again, Russians came in last (24% of respondents). They were also least concerned about whether purchases came in recyclable packaging (Russia has a 4% rate overall).

advertisement

Other surveys have shown that people in emerging markets are increasingly open to green purchases. For example, a GfK study last year found that a 6% annual increase in the number of Chinese who factor the environment into their decision-making.

Of course, it could also be that Russians are simply more honest than people from other countries. Other international surveys show that consumers have a tendency to talk up their concern for the environment, without changing their habits. Still, Jana’s survey could be useful to marketers trying to reach green-minded consumers.

[IMAGE: Forest via Shutterstock]

advertisement
advertisement

About the author

Ben Schiller is a New York staff writer for Fast Company. Previously, he edited a European management magazine and was a reporter in San Francisco, Prague, and Brussels.

More