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Young people put faith in technology to solve climate change

With climate change an increasingly urgent issue for people around the world, new research reveals that 83% of young people see technology as central to solving the world’s biggest problems. That’s according to the latest findings from Goodwood’s Future Lab presented by bp.

The research comes in the wake of a global survey from Bath University, which found that 60% of young people said they felt very worried or extremely worried about climate change and more than 45% of those questioned said feelings about the climate affected their daily lives.

Future Lab’s survey, which had over 1,000 respondents between the ages of 14 and 24, found that environmental concerns are being driven by younger people. In fact, climate change was identified as the number one issue they are concerned about solving – ahead of increasing equality and improving global access to healthcare.

The same research shows that technology is seen as the key tool to solve climate change. Four-fifths (80%) of the young respondents believe technology will play a more significant role in resolving these challenges in the next 5-10 years, with a further 45% saying it will play a much more significant role.

Commenting on the findings, Stuart Parker, who heads up Goodwood’s Future Lab, said: “With climate change issues increasingly front and centre in everyday life, it’s vital that every generation sits up and takes notice. However, while taking steps to become more sustainable and environmentally aware is something everyone should be concerned with, young people are clearly more motivated to take action to protect the future of the planet.

“As such, it is encouraging to see that younger generations are positive about the power of technology to tackle climate change. It is vital that we do everything we can to promote the potential of technology to solve the challenges facing the world. Most importantly, we need to encourage young people to choose careers in STEM. We absolutely see Future Lab as part of that effort – helping to tell the stories of some of the most innovative and forward-thinking visions of future technology and science from around the world. We want to inspire young people to be active participants in the future and be the pioneers of world-changing technology.”

Future Lab 2021 was themed around ‘technology for a better world’. The event presented a range of exhibitors – from deep ocean exploration and conservation to futuristic electric vehicles – that completely embody the innovation that will be required to tackle climate change. Plans are already underway for the technologies that will be showcased at Future Lab 2022.