23 Nov 2021, 13:24
Jessica Bateman

Young Germans prefer strong climate policies over individual lifestyle changes - survey

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Climate change is still young Germans’ biggest concern, but they would rather politicians act on the topic than drastically change their own lifestyles, a survey has found. The ‘Youth in Germany’ study, which is carried out twice-yearly by researchers Klaus Hurrelmann and Simon Schnetzer, found that 56 percent of 14-19-year-olds see climate as the most important topic currently facing society, reports Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung. However, only 26 percent said they would be happy to go without animal products, 27 percent said they are prepared to give up flying, and 18 percent said they could imagine not having a private car. In an analysis of his study, Hurrelmann said the climate protection advocated by young people “can only succeed with clear rules and guidance from politicians.”

Young people have been a big driver of climate-friendly policies in Germany recent years, with the Fridays for Future protests drawing thousands of attendees around the country. Regardless of age, many people in the country endorse stronger climate action but are worried the costs and other consequences of ambitious emissions reduction will be allocated unfairly across the society. Many therefore approve of strong guidelines and regulations that create a just framework for the transition away from fossil fuels.

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