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Climate and pension greatest future concerns of young people, Klaus Hurrelmann says in the media

The Professor of Public Health and Education publishes third study on Germany’s youth.

Various German media outlets, including ZEIT ONLINE, Süddeutsche Zeitung, WELT, DER SPIEGEL, Tagesschau, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on the study "Jugend in Deutschland“ (Youth in Germany) co-authored by Klaus Hurrelmann, Professor of Public Health and Education, and youth researcher Simon Schnetzer. According to their survey among young people aged between 14 and 29 years, 56 percent see climate change as a worrisome issue, followed by the German pension system (48 percent), inflation (46 percent), and the division of society (44 percent).

However, concerns and actions have not lead to a change in behaviour. “The vast majority are not yet ready to give up their cherished habits in the areas of consumption, mobility and nutrition,” Hurrelmann says. Instead, young people “are waiting for politicians to help them make decisions,” the Professor states. The survey is based on responses from 1014 young Germans. “Under these circumstances, climate protection, which is supported by the majority of young people, can only succeed with clear rules and guidelines from politics,” Hurrelmann says.

Find out more about the study (in German) here.

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