Young people ready to lead the Climate Action Report

A report released by the British Council found that young Indians were ready to take action on climate change, sharing recommendations with leaders.

The British Council has published the Global Youth Letter Report, the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities, in the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow. The report says that young people around the world unanimously consider climate change to be the biggest threat facing the planet. Based on research and cultural relations work by the British Council, the report highlights a gap in young voices and their ability to influence functional change.

In India, young people aged 18-25 were surveyed for the Global Youth Letter Report through 946 surveys and 80 focus groups. The report found that 78 per cent of young people in India feel equipped to deal with problems arising from climate change such as deforestation, declining agricultural productivity, dry season, rising temperatures, uneven rainfall patterns and loss of biodiversity. However, the study indicates that finding opportunities to participate in solving such problems is also a challenge faced by the country’s youth, due to limited digital access, classified social culture that excludes youth and lack of access to training and skills development. .

Awareness is also a challenge because the report suggests that climate change is rarely characterized as part of social conversations with friends, while schools and universities work well enough to discuss climate change issues in both urban and rural geographies. Eighty-eight percent of young Indians believe that it is the responsibility of the public to acquire knowledge and help others understand the threats posed by climate change, and 79 percent believe that policy-level change, education and activism through multiple channels, including social media, is a powerful tool to combat climate change. Will be used as a tool.

The youth of the country believe that their views on climate will be important and the message of the leaders is that they must be included in climate awareness practice because only 60 percent were part of such activities and only 6.5 percent believe they are being heard and acted upon.

Barbara Wickham, OBE, director of the British Council India, said: “Climate emergency is one of the biggest crises on our planet, so it is not surprising that British Council research has found it to be the number one priority for young people around the world. We see the enthusiastic response of the proud and delighted young Indians who have so far put their signatures on our Global Youth Letter, urging world leaders to take urgent action. We look forward to engaging more youth through our work in India; They are truly the most influential voices that drive change for the shared global challenges we face today. “

Overall, the Global Youth Letter Report surveyed more than 8,000 young people in 23 countries, including India – Brazil, Kenya and the United Kingdom – on their perspectives on climate change. The study is part of the British Council’s Climate Connectivity Program, which aims to bring together people from around the world to tackle the challenge of climate change. The results of the report were used to write and were launched alongside the Global Youth Letter, an action plan to determine the aspirations and recommendations of young people on climate change.

The letter directly addresses policymakers and world leaders who will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland from 1 to 12 November. Young people are encouraged to sign letters and pledge to tackle climate change, with their own recommendations being considered.

Letters can be signed here.

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