- About a third (32%) of Tanzanians say they have heard of climate change (Figure 1).
- Awareness of climate change is higher among urbanites (46%) and men (39%) than among rural residents (24%) and women (25%) (Figure 2). More educated citizens are more likely to be aware of climate change than those with less education.
- Among citizens who are aware of climate change, more than eight in 10 (81%) say it is making life in their country worse (Figure 3). Perceptions of the adverse effects of climate change have increased by 18 percentage points since 2021 (63%).
- For Tanzanians, addressing climate change is a collective responsibility.
- Almost nine in 10 Tanzanians who are aware of climate change “agree” or “strongly agree” that citizens can help limit climate change (86%) and want their government to take steps now to limit climate change, even if it is expensive, causes job losses, or takes a toll on the economy (86%) (Figure 4).
A majority of Tanzanians who are aware of climate change say it is making life worse in their country, a new Afrobarometer survey shows.
While fewer than half of citizens say they have heard of climate change, perceptions of its adverse effects have increased by 23 percentage points since 2021.
Among those who have heard of climate change, a majority of citizens say the government is doing a good job of trying to limit it. But they see addressing climate change as a collective responsibility, and they want greater engagement on the issue by business and industry, developed nations, and ordinary citizens as well as the government.