Water Tops Climate Change as Global Priority

International Circle of Blue | GlobeScan survey finds fresh water pollution, scarcity drive public concern

A comprehensive Circle of Blue | GlobeScan international public opinion survey on attitudes about fresh water sustainability, management and conservation finds that people around the world view water issues as the planet’s top environmental problem, greater than air pollution, depletion of natural resources, loss of habitat and even climate change.

The poll surveyed 1,000 people in each of 15 countries, and probed 500 in each of the following countries on specific questions: Canada, China, India, Mexico, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In response to the survey data and to gauge the reality of the opinion, Circle of Blue commissioned some of the world’s best photojournalists from Contact Press Images and Getty Images to report in pictures and words various facets of the conclusions in seven countries. The independent survey was underwritten by a grant from the Molson Coors Brewing Company.

Download the complete GlobeScan/Circle of Blue Report [pdf].

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