More Than Half of Americans Don’t Know What The Paris Agreement Is

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Survey from Rockay finds that more than half of Americans don't know what The Paris Agreement is and 26 percent don't believe climate change will impact them in their lifetime

A new survey ( published today uncovers Americans' thoughts and attitudes towards climate change. The survey comes ahead of the U.N.’s World Water Day – March 22 – which brings attention to groundwater depletion and encourages climate change mitigation strategies.

Rockay, a clothing manufacturer that focuses on exclusive use of eco-friendly and recyclable materials, conducted the survey in partnership with 3Gem Research and Insights. The survey reveals that more 50 percent of Americans don’t know what The Paris Agreement is, a global initiative to combat climate change that President Donald Trump’s administration famously pulled out of last year. The survey also found that 26 percent of people don’t think climate change is an urgent issue that will impact them in their lifetimes.

Isaac Hankes, Ph.D., an atmospheric scientist who analyzed the survey, warns that people at the individual level can still do their part to affect change. “The Paris climate agreement is as political as it is scientific, and even if fully embraced will not offset much more than about 0.1°C of warming,” says Hankes. “This underscores the importance of personal action by anyone concerned about the effects of warming to make a difference by making energy-saving decisions. Such opportunity now exists in nearly all facets of a home, and actions as simple as installing LED light bulbs or smart power strips could easily supersede any slower-moving government action in offsetting emissions-based warming.”

Additional top-level findings from the survey include the following:

  • 56.1% of people do not know what The Paris Agreement is.
  • 4.7% of respondents think climate change is a hoax all together.
  • 26.8% don’t buy the fact that it’s an urgent issue that has the potential to negatively affect them personally in their own lifetimes.
  • 69% say climate change ‘sort of’ concerns them.
  • 50% of people “rarely” or “never” talk about climate change. (32.1% “rarely” + 18% “never”).

Full survey data can be found here along from tips on experts as to how one can do their part and reduce their carbon footprint. (Images and stats are approved for re-use with citation and a link back to the original source.)

About Rockay:
Rockay was created on the premise that recycled clothing cant be equal to top quality clothing. Rockay strives to make the best products while helping the planet from destructive path. The goal is to not only succeed as a business, but also to inspire a movement among customers and create a revolution in the sports apparel industry. More at

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