Youngsters Accept Climate Change more Readily than Adults inG20 Countries

UN report finds that children under the age of 18 have a greater grasp and acceptance of the global climate emergency than adults in most Group of 20 (G20) countries. 

This reflects a shift in public understanding of climate risks and a desire to increase climate action in these countries in the near future among those with the power to influence the government. 

According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 70% of people under the age of 18 in G20 countries believe climate change is a global emergency, compared to only 65% of adults. 

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and European Union are members of the G20. 

Only 16 of the G20’s 20 members have submitted revised Nationally Determined Contributions ahead of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 26th Conference of Parties (CoP26) in Glasgow in November. 

People under the age of 18 and adults in G20 countries were polled to see if they believe climate change is a worldwide emergency. The G20 Peoples’ Climate Vote 2021 revealed the findings. 

According to the UN organization, the members of the intergovernmental panel account for 75% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 80% of world GDP. 

The gap in opinion between those under the age of 18 and adults differed by country. According to the report, 82% of Australians under the age of 18 believe in a climate emergency, compared to 72% of adults. 

Conservation of forest area and the transition to renewable energy sources were among the initiatives that garnered the most support across age categories. Minor respondents supported electric means of transportation and cycling far more than adults (by a margin of five percentage points). 

According to the UN organization, a transformation in the financial ecology of countries is required to support government policies toward stronger climate action. The majority of member countries agreed to devote greater cash toward green industries and jobs. 

The UNDP believes that the policy dictating how much information corporations provide about their products’ manufacturing processes has received the least support, despite the fact that it will play a significant role in decreasing GHG emissions.