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UNICEF: 90% of Young Hungarians Worried About Climate Change

More than two thousand young Hungarians between the ages of 13 and 25 took part in a representative poll conducted by UNICEF Hungary. The organization wanted to know what young people thought about climate change and how it impacted their lives.

The survey revealed that:

  • 90% of respondents are anxious to some degree, and 33% are extremely anxious about climate change.
  • 60% regularly think about climate change, and 15% do so on a daily basis.
  • 35% of young people think climate change is the most important problem today, and 21% believe it is the second most important problem.
  • Only 11% of young people not in school and who have at most a vocational school degree think climate change is the most important problem, suggesting that higher-educated young people care more about the issue.
  • In addition to feeling anxious and fearful, a third of respondents are angry, while 15% feel helpless when they think about climate change.
  • 84% of respondents said they would like to learn more about climate change and sustainability in school.
  • More than half of younger Hungarians do not believe it will be possible to avoid major problems associated with climate change, while 90% of them feel that they have already encountered the effects of climate change in their own lives, and 18% constantly feel its effects.

The poll also revealed that nearly all respondents would be willing to either give up or do something to mitigate the effects of climate change – only 3% of respondents said that they did not think solving climate change was their responsibility. [Telex]

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  1. Michael Detreköy

    The climate worries of Hungarian youths are valid, because the country experiences steadily rising extremes in climate-related problems but no solution oriented political/social action.

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