Young Scots champion low carbon lifestyles to combat climate change

by Search Gate staff. Published Thu 09 Jul 2016 13:22
Young people call for Scotland to become global leader for sustainable living
Young people call for Scotland to become global leader for sustainable living

Over half of young Scots believe that Scotland has a duty to combat climate change regardless of what other nations are doing, and nine out of ten believe damage to the environment can be halted through changes to everyday behaviour, according to new insights gathered by Young Scot.

Young Scot, in partnership with the Scottish Government, launched the pioneering project to support young people, particularly those making the move into independent living for the first time, to make choices to limit their carbon footprint and move towards a carbon free Scotland.

In addition to 53,446 young people who accessed the project, another 9,000 from across Scotland were involved in a unique piece of work which explored young people’s values in relation to the environment and how those values affected their attitudes and behaviours.

The investigation also found:

• Helping the environment was considered one of the most important values of a third of young people in Scotland

• Half of young people believe that climate change is a real and immediate problem, which means there is work to do to raise awareness of the issue for the remaining 50% of young Scots

• A third of young people in Scotland think damage to the environment and climate change are the most important global issues facing Scotland today.

The project uses the Young Scot Rewards platform to encourage sustainable life choices. Young people take part in low carbon activities and receive low carbon rewards. To date, the low-carbon behaviours project has involved 53,446 young people making sustainable life choices and receiving low carbon rewards.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “It’s clear that many young people have strong opinions about climate change and the need to adopt sustainable living, but more needs to be done to engage young people and motivate them to champion Scotland as a global leader in low carbon lifestyles.

“We want to support young people to understand the sustainable life choices available to them and the ways they can change their behaviour to adopt a low carbon lifestyle. If we can encourage young people to adopt these habits as they make the move to independent living, they are much more likely to maintain them for a life-time.”



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