How environmentally conscious are Croatians

PASCH global

It is well known that Germany is a fairly developed industrial country and that its industrial companies also provide a lot of financial resources for environmental protection. The city of Recklinghausen is located in the richest industrial area, the Ruhr area, where the cities are side by side and where people are usually employed in this area.

In contrast to Germany, Croatia is a small country with very little industry and its population is usually employed in tourism and agriculture. As a result, the standard of living in this country is quite low, but Croatia is rich in pristine nature and clear water.

What is the environmental situation of young people in their countries? Does that also depend on the standard of living or other conditions? We can now see that in the results of our survey:

66 percent of German schoolchildren are fairly concerned about the state of our environment and for 46 percent of them environmental protection is quite important and 69 percent of those surveyed would rate the environmental situation in their city / area as “okay” overall. But they want less rubbish and plastic to be thrown on the floor and also that car emissions are reduced. 80 percent of them separate the garbage in their household and school and 67 percent collect returnable bottles. 59 percent are willing to spend more money on environmentally friendly products and 69 percent use energy consciously.

Lately of them:
  • 42 percent bought environmentally friendly products.

  • 71 percent used public transport.

  • 91 percent separate the garbage.

  • 35 percent reduced energy consumption.



50 percent of Croatian schoolchildren are fairly concerned about the state of our environment and for 55 percent of them environmental protection is not only fairly, but very important and 54 percent of those questioned would rate the environmental situation in their city / area as "okay" overall . But they want more water to be purified and protected and more renewable energy to be used. Only 18 percent of them separate the garbage in their household and 45 percent in their school and 51 percent collect returnable bottles. 27 percent of the students are willing to spend more money on environmentally friendly products and 31 percent use energy consciously.

Lately of them:
  • 28 percent bought environmentally friendly products.

  • 44 percent used public transport.

  • 26 percent separate the garbage.

  • 41 percent reduced energy consumption.



These numbers show that especially the students from the developed industrial country live more environmentally conscious. From this survey we also learned that Germany is taking more environmental protection measures because the country can secure more finances because of the higher standards. The students from Croatia are also environmentally conscious because they know the difficulties their country is facing and they want to change this environmental situation.

A contribution by:
Anamarija Begić, Ana Sršen

School:
Metkovic High School

Discussion question: What have you been doing of this lately?