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Young people understand the climate crisis but do not associate it with poverty

75% of young people Spaniards consider that to be a climate crisis between 18 and 42 years old. It is true, and it is man-made. However, many of these “millennials” and “centennials” do not see any relationship between the the climate crisis and poverty in the world. These are two of the conclusions reacin the studytudy of young peoplperceptionstion about climate injustice. A task commissioned by a Catholic voluntNGO, NGO United Hands, to the consulting firm GfK was presented this Tuesday on the occasion of its annual campaign against hunger.

Lose young people according to this survey, more than 1,000 respondents knew that climate change is a big problem, but they are more worried about the price increase for energy and raw materials. An increase in prices will ultimately affect their lifestyle and consumption. However, they don’t think of choosing stronger clothes because they are more expensive. According to Marco Gordillo, campaign coordinator of the NGO, “the young people don’t know what effect this has on climate justice.”.

Climate crisis: richer at the expense of the poor

The Spanish youth are is fully aware that the economic growth of the richest countries occurs at the expense of the poorest countries, but they do not account for the fact that climate change is caused by developed countries and our lifestyles, which contribute to more poverty and injustice.

For us young people, the USA, Canada,, and China are the most responsible for the climate crisis, followed by continental Europe. Meanwhile, the African continent has suffered the most from the consequences, ignoring Asia and Latin America in their answers. Women, in general, know better about climate crises, and they have more compassion for those affected.

Ignorance among young people about climate justice

Another amazing fact is that one out of every ten Spaniards between 18 and 42 years old is very knowledgeable on the subject of climate justice. According to United Hands, when the meaning of the term was explained to them, half of the young people admitted to being more worried than their friends and family. “This made us realize that this is not a topic they discuss with their acquaintances or share their concerns collectively,” the NGO included in its conclusions.

Seven out of ten young people believe that the actions of big businesses and governments help alleviate climate injustice. And less than half believe that if they change their consumption habits, they will help achieve climate justice.

It links, paradoxically, with what three out of four they consider the ability to be in their hands to change the planet. Although the question also includes “they are not very optimistic where society has placed sufficient interest to achieve this, They believe that without the support of companies and governments, their actions will not prevent climate change and must be supported by companies that, in addition, are considered the agents that contribute the most to climate change.

They believe that before changing their lifestyles and consumption habits, it is a priority to reduce greenhouse emissions and that companies should take responsibility for their actions.

Changes to alleviate the climate crisis, yes, but that will not affect the economy

To analyze the arrangement of young people about their change in behavior, the study understood that they are ready to change, but only as long as it does not affect their economy or make their daily lives difficult. Women, again, are more sensitive to this issue and, therefore, are more willing to change their lifestyle.

About food, young people are first inclined to stop wasting food, followed by choosing seasonal foods and reducing their consumption of processed foods. Only a third are willing to eat less meat and milk.

About transportationFew will stop traveling less by flying or buying an electric car, but more than half will stop traveling on foot, by bike, or by scooter if possible.

Six out of ten are ready to recycle, extend the life of your mobile, and reduce the use of plastic.

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