Quarter of young Europeans don’t believe in human-driven climate change

“More than a quarter of young Europeans believe that climate change is either not caused by humans or not even happening at all, a study has found. Despite stereotypes that young people are more likely to be worried about climate change than their elders, in five of six European countries analysed, older people were more concerned about the phenomenon.

While 63 per cent of 18 to 29-year-olds believed that climate change is ‘real and caused by human action’, the figure was 66 per cent for 30 to 54-year-olds and 71 per cent for those aged 55 and over. Among 18 to 29-year-olds, 22 per cent believed that climate change is ‘part of the earth’s natural cycle and human action is not to blame’, while 4 per cent thought it is ‘not happening’.

Originally published here at The Interpreter on 3 July 2022.

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