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1 in 3 Americans Unafraid of Natural Disasters, Even if Climate Change Makes Them Worse

— December 3, 2019

With California wildfires in full blaze and a devastating hurricane season not too long ago, it’s safe to say that natural disasters seem to be getting more intense. The direct cause of these increasingly-harmful disasters? Climate change. 

Climate change refers to a change in the planet’s weather patterns and temperatures over the course of a few decades to millions of years and while it’s one of the biggest threats to humankind in history, one in three Americans say they aren’t concerned. 

The Simple Dollar conducted a study of over 2,500 Americans aged 18 and older –– the survey consisted of three questions and was fielded in September 2019 using Google Surveys. 

Here are the main takeaways of the study: 

  1. 55% of Americans believe climate change is affecting the severity of natural disasters.
  2. 32% of Americans aren’t worried about property damage caused by natural disasters. 
  3. Only 47% of Americans have purchased home insurance. 
  4. 31% of Americans don’t even know if they have home insurance. 

Clearly, the issue with these findings is that while most Americans seem to acknowledge the relationship between climate change and the increasing risk of damage caused by natural disasters, very few Americans take the necessary steps to protect their homes (and wallets) from damage that is caused by natural disasters. Click on the graphic below for more information.

Graphic of house and natural disasters; image courtesy of author.
Graphic of house and natural disasters; image courtesy of author.

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