We know from our Attitudes to Sustainability Survey of over 3000 young people that they are worried about the future and are searching for opportunities to make a difference. Yet in many cases they lack the platforms, encouragement or resources necessary to do so. Whilst young people are mostly aware of the enormity of the issues, it is less clear to them how systems and interrelationships drive these issues.
The media is a powerful influence, but schools are still important sources of learning for young people. One in three teachers is seeing high levels of climate anxiety in their students, yet 70% of teachers don’t feel they have received adequate training during qualification or since, to educate students on the implications of climate change or how to address them. Schools are also overwhelmed by the quantity of different ‘packs’ offered. Young people aged 16 to 24 years in the UK feel more disconnected from their communities. 48% of 37,000 students surveyed globally said they wanted to learn more real world skills.
(Sources: Global Action Plan study 2019), Teach the Future 2022, UK Government census 2020, ‘Transforming Education’, World’s Largest Lesson, and UNICEF 2023)