- Recently, a survey conducted by the UK’s University of Bath and five other universities disclosed heart-wrenching results.
- About 60% of the participants said they are either “very” or “extremely” worried about the climate change crisis in the survey data.
- Two-thirds of the survey people believe that the governments are not doing enough to battle the climate change crisis.
Climate change, the terror that is worsening with time, is affecting the younger generation the most. The world is residing in an age where extreme climatic conditions have been normalised by society. The older generation might be submissive to the deteriorating climate, but the younger generation is hyper-concerned about Earth’s future.
How young people feel about climate change
Recently, a survey conducted by the UK’s University of Bath and five other universities disclosed heart-wrenching results. The survey sample included 10,000 people from 10 countries: UK, Finland, France, the US, Australia, Portugal, Brazil, India, the Philippines, and Nigeria.
The people in the survey were aged between 16-25, and they were asked questions about how they feel about climate change. The results are far more concerning.
People of diverse geography chosen in the survey signifies that the results are universal. The climate change reaction is somewhat similar in different geographies, irrespective of whether the country is a first world or third world country.
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The survey has showcased that young people are “very worried” due to the worsening climate. The young generation is frightened to experience the future of climate change. Moreover, they feel that the governments are being ignorant of the climate crisis.
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Scientists are affirming on the same aspects that the government is not taking efficient measures to curb the climate change crisis at large. The survey comes a few days before the climate change convention convened by the United Nations in Scotland. Public officials from various countries will gather to work towards climate imbalance in the upcoming convention.
According to the survey results, young people worldwide are worried, frightened and in disbelief with the government. The political stances of the governments are majorly leading the war against climate change which is the most significant source of concern for the young generation.
Deciphering survey results
About 60% of the participants said they are either “very” or “extremely” worried about the climate change crisis in the survey data. Additionally, more than 50% of the people said that climate change makes them anxious, angry, worried, powerless, and guilty.
Besides, the young generation is pessimistic about the Earth’s future. They believe that if we continue going at the same pace, the world will soon be dumped into extreme catastrophic conditions that would be irreversible. “Optimism” counted to be the lowest of emotions among the participants of the study.
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Furthermore, about 77% of the people said they are frightened of the future of climate change, and 56% of them said that humanity is doomed. Unfortunately, 45% of people said that the news of extreme weather also affects their daily life. Therefore, they feel saddened by the deteriorating climate, and it affects their daily functioning.
The sad reality is that the underdeveloped nations are the countries that experience the worst consequences of climate change. The developed nations have the capacity of building an energy-efficient space. However, that’s not the case with third-world countries.
People residing in the Southern Hemisphere are far more worried due to the worsening climate as the consequences there are severe. According to the survey, they are frightened of the future, and their daily functionality is even more affected.
For young people, the climate change crisis is very much “personal,” the future will affect them the most. Two-thirds of the survey people believe that the governments are not going enough to battle the climate change crisis. And, to curb the deteriorating conditions, efforts need to be taken on the global level; otherwise, Earth’s climate and its life is soon to be doomed.