What young people around the world think about climate change

09.05.2017

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Around the world, there is a high level of acceptance of anthropogenic climate change on the part of people under the age of thirty, according to the latest Global Shaper Survey, conducted by the World Economic Forum.

Presented with "Science has proven that humans are responsible for climate change," 69.6% of respondents strongly agreed, 21.7% somewhat agreed, 6.7% neither agreed nor disagreed, 1.7% somewhat disagreed, and 0.9% strongly disagreed.

Data was provided for various regions, subregions, and countries for which there were more than three hundred respondents. Among respondents in the United States, 76.3% strongly agreed that science has proven that humans are responsible for climate change, while 16.7% somewhat agreed, 4.3% neither agreed nor disagreed, 1.8% somewhat disagreed, and 1.0% strongly disagreed.

Respondents were also asked to rank serious issues affecting the world today. "Climate change/destruction of nature" was ranked the most serious for the third year in a row, with 48.8% of the vote in 2017.

The Global Shaper Survey was conducted on paper and in person from March 31 to June 30, 2017, reaching 31,495 individuals in 186 countries and territories; the analyses in the report were based on the answers to 24,766 surveys.