Nearly every single Costa Rican surveyed by the United Nations Development Program said they agreed the climate is changing, and more than 90 percent said that humans are at least partially responsible. The survey results released Monday also showed that Costa Ricans would be willing to pay more to reduce their impact on the planet.
Costa Rica’s reputation as a “green” country is well established. The country made a name for itself in the eco-tourism field through an aggressive reforestation and conservation program that began in the 1970s, and President Luis Guillermo Solís reaffirmed a pledge dating back to 2007 made by President Óscar Arias 2006-2010 to make Costa Rica one of the world’s first carbon-neutral countries. The debate continues as to whether or not Costa Rica will ever achieve that ambitious goal, but one thing that seems sure from the survey is the high environmental awareness of Ticos.