Climate change, conflict critical global issues: Young people’s survey

Aug 30, 2017 (LBO) – A survey of 25,000 young people from 186 countries has found that climate change is the most critical issue facing the world, followed by large-scale conflicts and inequality, in their opinion.

People between the ages of 18 and 35 were polled for the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Annual Survey 2017.

“This is the third year in a row that climate change has been voted the most serious global issue, suggesting that young people are yet to be convinced by global efforts – such as the Paris Agreement – to tackle the problem,” a World Economic Forum article on the survey said.

“Poverty, religious conflicts and government accountability and transparency also ranked highly.”

Also 55.9 percent of respondents said they believe their views are not being taken into account before important decisions are made.

Just over 30 percent of survey respondents said they trusted the media, compared to almost 46 percent who said they didn’t, with similar levels of distrust towards big companies, banks and governments.

The institutions deemed most trustworthy by young people are schools, international organizations, employers and courts of law, with 22.7 percent of respondents worried about corruption.

Most young people (78.6 percent) believe that technology will create jobs rather than destroy them, while more than half do not trust robots to make decisions on their behalf.

When faced with the possibility of embedding an implant under their skin, 44.3 percent of young people surveyed rejected the idea.

Almost three quarters (73.6 percent) said they would welcome refugees to their country, and more than half (55.4 percent) claimed that more should be done to include refugees in the national workforce.

The survey results can be viewed here