91% of millennials say humans are responsible for climate change

15th September 2017

A global survey of more than 31,000 millennials from over 180 countries reveals that 91% agree science has proven humans are responsible for climate change.

This was found to be the top global issue for young people, with 49% of respondents expressing concern, and 78% saying they are willing to change their lifestyle to protect nature and the environment.

It was also found that climate change is now considered a national challenge, as well as a global one, with German and US respondents ranking it the third most serious issue for their countries.

Wadia Ait Hamza, head of social engagement for the Americas at the World Economic Forum, which carried out the research, said it is time for world leaders to sit up and take notice ahead of September’s UN General Assembly.

“With more than 3.5 billion of the world’s population under the age of 30, it is of concern that young people perceive decision-makers as not listening to them before decisions are made,” he said.

“On climate change, young people have spoken very clearly, and they will be watching to see if the world’s leaders are listening.”

The survey also found that 82% of millennials claim to take an active role in achieving sustainable development goals.

This comes after a report from US investment bank Morgan Stanley found that millennials invested in companies targeting social or environmental goals twice as often as the total investor population over the past year.

In addition, it was found that young people purchased from a sustainable brand twice as often, and were three times more likely to work at, or apply to, a company because of its environmental or social impact, during that time.

The report also shows that 58% of investors agree their investment decisions can influence the amount of climate change caused by human activities, rising to 75% among millennials.

“Investors, particularly millennials, believe that their investment decisions can influence the issues they care about,” it says. “This generation continues to lead the charge when it comes to sustainable investing.”


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