GCC millennials more concerned about environment

Environment and climate change are some of the crucial concerns that are attracting attention globally. Conferences like COP 22 and World Future Energy Summit (WFES) are playing a significant role in sensitizing masses towards environment and its future sustainability.

Results are also apparent, as both public and private corporations have started putting special emphasis up on preserving ecosystem while keeping future requirements in mind. Remarkable impact has been seen on youths, who are acting as true ambassadors to ensure a greener tomorrow.

In one of its recent study, YouGov has found that millennials in the GCC region 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, to voice their opinions on climate change. The aim, to better understand how they perceive the connection between the climate and the job market, and above all to better identify their expectations regarding the stakeholders who are shaping today’s world, which they will inherit tomorrow.

Global warming is seen as a problem for almost all respondents (92 percent), who also think that the environment is under a bigger threat today than 20 years ago (92 percent).

Even with the majority of respondents sharing the opinion that global warming is an important issue and 64 percent believing a solution can be found, fighting against global warming is not the first future priority for many with just 6 percent considering it a top priority and only 20 percent regarding the fight against global warming as one of their top three priorities for the future.

“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,” YouGov’s Managing Director Kailash Nagdev said.

“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,” added Nagdev.

77 percent of respondents believe that a commitment to green growth and the implementation of measures to reduce greenhouse gases will improve the economic and job situation in the GCC, with most agreeing that it is possible to combine material progress and environmental protection (81 percent).

More than half of respondents (52 percent) believe that their education has prepared them sufficiently to face tomorrow’s challenges, particularly challenges concerning global warming. Eight in ten believe that global warming will change the nature of existing jobs (new skills, new partnerships, etc.) and 64 percent believe that Global warming will destroy existing jobs.