China Dialogue translates the results of a survey on environmental awareness among urban youth recently conducted by China Youth Daily. From the intro:
China’s rapid economic development has materially enriched the lives of ordinary Chinese people, and at the same time increased our demands as consumers. But for how long will limited resources be able to bear the burden of our unlimited desires? Do we – especially the young people who are leading the charge of consumerism – really have enough of an understanding of the principles of sustainable consumption? Do we really want to put these principles into practice? And how can we spread these ideas?
Among the surveys more notable findings:
‚Ä¢ 84% agree car exhaust is the main cause of urban air pollution but only 15% said they wouldn’t buy a car if they could afford one.
‚Ä¢ 77% of young consumers don’t think there are enough energy-saving products on the market
‚Ä¢ Only 55% of Chinese youth believe global warming will cause polar bears to go extinct.
Survey respondents had an average age of was 30.1 years old and average income was roughly 3000 RMB per month.
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