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Over 70% Of Students Have Concerns About How the Climate Crisis Will Impact Their Lifetime

United Kingdom, 1st December 2023: World leaders are soon to meet at this year’s 28th session of the UN Climate conference (COP 28) in Dubai UAE, so Yugo, has released research that reveals students’ true attitudes towards the fight against climate change.

Despite the UN Climate conference taking place every year, many students believe the indicators are still going in the wrong direction - with 41% of students claiming that company profits are a key barrier in achieving climate change.  

34% of students also feel that some of the biggest companies in the world are simply not active enough in fighting the climate crisis battle, and a third (33%) of students feel politicians don’t care as much as they should.

Students are the voice of tomorrow and have shown much needed transparency about their own knowledge gaps, when it comes to sustainability. The average UK student awards themselves a five out of 10 when it comes to Carbon Literacy and three quarters (74%) of students researched recognise the importance of Carbon Literacy.

Students are key players in exacting the change necessary to save our planet. Many students are changing the way they live their lives to help address the climate crisis, with 71% having concerns that it will have significant personal impact during their lifetime. This is evident, as a third (30%) of students are now eating more sustainably (30%), travelling using more environmentally friendly modes of transport (34%), and buying fewer clothes (24%). Yet, despite making changes to their lifestyle, 15.3% of students revealed they worry it might be too late to save the planet.

Thankfully initiatives, such as COP28, bring the world together at a critical moment for global transformative climate action and aim to deliver an ambitious agenda, by being inclusive, transparent, pragmatic, and results oriented. Yugo shares this sentiment by using their research to be more environmentally inclusive and empowering its students to grow personally through collaborative events and projects under the Live Your Best Life program - a holistic living experience developed from the Yugo research of thousands of students worldwide. This program supports students through three pillars based on sustainability - YugoEco, education – YuPro, personal and professional development - YuGrow, to deliver on their needs and expectations.

YugoEco encourages students to create better living spaces and a better planet through several initiatives. Including low energy usage programs on the importance of living more sustainable lives for students, and global partnerships with like-minded businesses for events, education and student experiences.

*Research commissioned by Yugo and conducted by Mortar Research. 1,041 UK students were polled, as well as over 5,000 across the USA, Ireland Australia, Spain, Germany.