Despite the climate crisis, young people are more optimistic than the older generation

Cologne, New York. According to a UNICEF survey, young people around the world see the world as better off than older generations despite the current crisis. On average, 57 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds agreed that the world is getting a better place with every generation, according to a survey published on Thursday by the Children’s Fund in collaboration with the Gallup Poll Institute. In Germany, 61 percent agree.

Only 39% of those over 40 have this optimism. In Germany 40%. For the “Childhood in Transition” project, more than 21,000 people in Germany and 20 other industrialized, developing and developing countries were surveyed between February and June 2021.

Young people expect solutions to crises

“Compared to the older generation, young people remain optimistic, think more globally and are determined to make the world a better place,” said Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF. “They worry about the future, but see themselves as part of the solution.” Compared to the 40+ generation, young people are more digital, feel part of a global community, support international cooperation and place more value on protection against discrimination.


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According to their own statements, young people in particular expect solutions to crises such as climate change and want to help shape the future. 73 percent of the younger and 72 percent of the older generation in Germany say that the government must take vigorous action against this. Majorities in both generations called for greater youth participation. On average, 58 percent of young adults and 52 percent of older adults believe that it is very important for women politicians to hear the voices of children and young people when making decisions. In Germany it represents 59 percent of the younger and 52 percent of the older generation.

Mental health is worse among young people

The majority of the young people surveyed also see progress in the areas of health (81 percent) and education (73 percent). The parental approval rates were 75 percent and 57 percent lower. At the same time, many respondents spoke of increased pressure to succeed and perform in addition to psychological pressure. In the industrialized countries in particular, respondents indicated that the mental health of the younger generation had deteriorated. In Germany, 57 percent of the younger generation and 43 percent of the 40+ generation agree.

Gallup interviewed people in Ethiopia, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Germany, France, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Japan, Cameroon, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Zimbabwe, Spain, Ukraine, and the United States. . America. More than 21,000 people were interviewed. In each country, around 1,000 people in two age groups, ages 15-24 and over 40, took part in the survey.