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News release

Liberians urge their government to tackle climate change

27 Apr 2023 Liberia
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Key findings
  • In Liberia, 61% of adults say they have heard of climate change (Figure 1)
  • Among Liberians who are aware of climate change:
  • More than two-thirds (68%) say it is making life worse, a 19-percentage-point increase since 2020 (Figure 2).
  • Three-fourths (75%) of citizens say the government has the primary responsibility for fighting climate change and limiting its impact. Far fewer place this responsibility mainly on citizens (9%), rich or developed countries (5%), and businesses and industries (4%) (Figure 3).
  • Strong majorities say the government (74%), business and industry (63%), and developed countries (62%) “need to do a lot more” to limit climate change. Half (49%) say the same about ordinary citizens (Figure 4)

Liberians say the government is responsible for fighting climate change and needs to do “a lot more” to limit it, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

A majority of citizens who have heard of climate change say it is making life in the country worse. But about four in 10 Liberians are still unfamiliar with the phenomenon.

Besides the government, respondents also look to other key stakeholders – including business and industry, developed countries, and ordinary citizens – to do a lot more to limit climate change.