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Tech to the rescue: Young people believe tech will help us solve earth’s biggest challenges

With COP 26 dominating headlines, new research reveals that 83% of young people say tech is an important factor in solving world challenges such as climate change. That’s according to the latest findings from Goodwood’s Future Lab.

Future Lab’s survey, which had over 1,000 respondents between the ages of 14 and 24, found that climate change was identified in the survey as the number one issue that young people were concerned with solving with almost half (47%) feeling this way – that’s ahead of increasing equality and improving global access to healthcare. A further 80% believe technology will play a more significant role in solving these challenges in the next 5-10 years.

Commenting on the findings, Stuart Parker, who heads up Goodwood’s Future Lab, said: “It is encouraging to see that younger generations are positive about the power of technology to tackle issues like climate change. One of the goals of COP26 is to accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis through collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society. This includes education that emphasises the importance of providing young people with the tools and knowledge to help change 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.”