British Council with Neilson Research company has done a survey to asses the “Attitudes and Behaviours on Climate Change” among Sri Lankan youth. The survey was conducted amongst urban youth in the age group 18-35 years and here are some of the important findings of it.
- Only 45% aware about phenomenon of Climate Change (CC)
- Among those who are aware of CC, only 20% are in sate of ‘urgency’ claiming something needs to be done immediately.
- 2 in 5 feel strongly concerned about climate change
- 3 in 4 in Sri Lanka are in the “Achievability” state of mind
- 1 in 3 in Sri Lanka feel that climate change will strongly effect them
- Higher proportion i.e. 3 in 5 claimed doing something towards the cause
- News (whether through TV or print) are the top most source of knowing about environmental issues like climate change
- Celebrities and Environmentalists will motivate people the most towards the cause
- Respondents more willing to take steps at an individual level
The Neilson survey revealed that, though the youth today is aware and concerned about climatic changes, the pressure is not felt very strongly yet, as most perceive the impact of climate change to manifest in the long term, 10 -15 years horizon, rather than ‘now.’ The need of the hour is to bring more and more people into the ‘urgency’ state of mind in order to make everybody to act ‘now’!