We conducted a survey among 15–24 and 40+ year-olds across 21 countries to explore how childhood is changing.Read more about the survey
On average, an overwhelming 86% of young people believe humans can still act to reduce most of the devastating effects of climate change. They have hope!
On average, 73% of young people say their government should take significant action.
We found the strongest support among young people for government action on climate change in poorer countries.
That’s telling, as these countries are least equipped to respond to the climate crisis, and yet are most exposed to its effects.
Surprisingly, we found no significant generational gap in these views: Older people are equally likely to believe the worst effects of climate change can be stopped and that bold government action is needed.
One area where we did see a generational divide: whether countries should cooperate when it comes to tackling major global challenges.
Here young people are more supportive of national governments working together than on their own.
This is especially true in Indonesia, the United States, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Mali.