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92% of GCC millennials worry about climate change

by John Bambridge on Feb 2, 2017


77% of respondents agreed in a commitment to the implementation of measures to reduce greenhouse gases would improve the economic and job situation in the GCC.
77% of respondents agreed in a commitment to the implementation of measures to reduce greenhouse gases would improve the economic and job situation in the GCC.

A Recent YouGov Study has found that millennials in the GCC are increasingly concerned about the effects of global warming on the climate and its damaging impact in the future.

YouGov invited millennials aged from 18 to 29 residing in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to voice their opinions on climate change.

Global warming was seen as a problem by 92% of respondents, and the same percentage also indicated that the threat to environment is larger today than 20 years ago.

However, at the same time, 64% of respondents believed a solution can be found and therefore only 6% viewed it as a top priority and only 20% viewed it as one of the top three priorities for the future.

More positively, 77% of respondents agreed in a commitment to the implementation of measures to reduce greenhouse gases would improve the economic and job situation in the GCC, with 81% agreeing that it is possible to combine material progress and environmental protection.

“It is encouraging to see that 9 out 10 millennials in the GCC are concerned about the environment and they remain cautiously optimistic that solutions could still be found to counter the issues,” said Kailash Nagdev, MD of YouGov.

“The young are leading the way by making cautious choices in terms of career paths and companies they work for, that could help them work on some of these solutions.”

More than half of respondents, 52%, believed that their education has prepared them sufficiently to face tomorrow’s challenges, particularly challenges concerning global warming.

Around eight in 10 believed that global warming would change the nature of existing jobs, while 64% believed that global warming will destroy existing jobs.

A full 56% of respondents indicated that contributing to the fight against global warming is one of their career goals and a factor in their choice of job or profession.



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