Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Climate change has focused public attention in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the role of society in environmental protection. The objective of this study was to determine the level of public awareness of climate change in the seven emirates of the UAE. The study also aimed to determine the spatial and geographical distribution and gender differences, as well as to investigate the possible influence of human activities on climate change impacts. In a cross-sectional survey, the researcher used a questionnaire to collect data from a sample of 4000 participants to answer the research questions. The drop-off pick-up (DOPU) method was used to distribute the questionnaires to increase the amount of data collected, which was then analyzed quantitatively. The quantitative results showed that awareness of climate change was highest in Umm Al-Quwain emirate (52.5%) and lowest in Ajman (50.3%). When broken down by gender, awareness of climate change was lower among female participants (45%) than male participants (56%). The study argues that climate change awareness in the UAE needs to be raised in a number of ways, including the inclusion of climate change in school curricula and media campaigns to raise awareness in society. The study's findings suggest for policymakers and educators to develop a climate change education program and encourage the public to play an important role in mitigating the negative impacts of climate change in the UAE. As the demographic structure of the UAE society is multinational and multicultural, the study recommends further research on the influence of the socio-cultural background of different nationalities on promoting awareness and formulating common climate change strategies and policies.
Almheiri, Mariam Matar Abdulla Mohammed, "CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES" (2022). Theses. 877.