CFANS Insights survey: 76% of Minnesotans concerned about climate change

January 31, 2023

A CFANS Insights survey conducted in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) looks at Minnesotans’ perspectives on climate change. According to the survey, 76 percent of residents, and 85 percent of Gen Zers, are concerned about climate change.

“Understanding how Minnesotans feel about climate change is vital to engage in effective conversations and accelerate climate action across the state,” said Heidi Roop, PhD, director of MCAP and assistant professor of climate science in CFANS. “This survey shows that while overall concern is greatest with Gen Z, a deeply climate-conscious generation, there is warranted concern across age groups, and that hope and a desire for action are at the heart of Minnesotans' attitudes about climate change.”

Despite urgent challenges and concerns, it’s not all doom and gloom for Minnesota residents. The survey showed 56 percent of Minnesotans are hopeful that society will do enough to reduce the most severe impacts of climate change. That response went up to 62 percent for Gen Zers surveyed.

“To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to focus on both mitigation and adaptation — addressing the root causes of climate change while also preparing for future impacts,” said Roop. “Together, through research, experimentation, collaboration and leadership, we can help ensure that Minnesota is ready for the impacts of climate change today and tomorrow.”

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