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28 Apr 2021, 13:17
Charlotte Nijhuis

Majority of German youth support energy transition – survey

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Most young Germans are in favour of the energy transition, according to a survey conducted by the German environment ministry (BMU) and the federal agency for nature conservation (BfN). Two-thirds (66%) of young people aged 14 to 17 support the transition to a clean energy economy, while 32 percent are undecided, and two percent oppose it. Support for the transition is higher among young people with higher levels of education (75%) than among those with a lower level of education (42%). Almost three-quarters (72%) of those surveyed believe that biodiversity is declining worldwide and a majority (61%) think that protecting nature is a political responsibility. The survey shows that since the start of the pandemic, more than half of young people between 14 and 24 say they spend more time in nature than before, citing the need for distraction or releasing stress as well as exercise as the most important reasons.

The German public increasingly puts climate action at the top of its policy priorities and remains largely in support of the transition to a low-carbon and nuclear-free economy, according to recent polls.

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