Our research with secondary school students provides a depth of understanding of young people’s climate action, helping ensure youth voices directly inform decisions in schools, communities, and wider political discussions.
Between 2021 and 2023 over 16,000 British secondary students have participated in our Climate Action Survey. The data has been analysed on a national level to explore:
- Current youth climate action, and willingness to start actions.
- Their information sources about climate change and who inspires them to act.
- What are their perceived barriers and motivators to climate action.
- How they see opportunities for climate action in school.
In collecting this data, we seek to ensure those under 18 are included in the wider discussions and research taking place around public attitudes and behavioural trends on climate action.
Youth Climate Action Research Report 2022 – 2023
Bringing together the views of almost 10,000 British schoolchildren, who completed the survey between 2022 and 2023, this was one of the largest ever surveys of its kind.
Youth Climate Action Research Report 2021
Almost 4,000 secondary school students participated in the 2021 survey, launched to coincide with Youth and Public Empowerment Day at the COP26 summit in Glasgow.
Call to action
Five empowering steps have emerged from what 11- to 18-year-olds told us would motivate them to engage in further climate action. Some are easy to start, others must become easier so that climate actions are accessible to everyone. Download and share this inspiring poster outlining what you can do to help support change:
In feedback about using our reports, young people wanted the point of view of students to be widely shared, so that they are represented, and their views acted upon.
Our reports have been well received by academia, Government, and NGOs including Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet members, and the House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee.
The research is:
- Influencing political thinking.
- Supporting the development of school and council climate action plans.
- Informing NGO approaches to action and engagement.
- Being used in university courses, such as PGCE teacher training.
- Supporting lobbying, grant applications, and wider publications.
“It’s been brilliant to have the report and stats when lobbying the council – it’s been an invaluable resource that’s really gotten the message across to them and has helped us to start wider conversation about Youth Voice Representation in local government as well as climate related discussions.”Youth Climate Group
“Considering the lack of climate and sustainability education in the national curriculum it’s incredible how much is going on in schools. However, there is so much more that needs to be done in all schools to really prepare them for life on this rapidly changing planet. This research is vital to support change”.Dr Meryl Batchelder, Teacher & Ambassador for Teach SDGs & the Ministry of Eco Education
Youth Climate Action Research Report 2022 – 2023 Key Findings
Using the data
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