Millennial angst, plastic recycling, and tech rules for boardrooms

Young millennials say private sector not doing enough on clean tech

Two in five young adults see climate change as the biggest challenge facing the world in a decade’s time, according to a new global opinion survey.
Other concerns cited by this so-called Generation Z demographic include the global economy (34%), terrorism (32%), poverty and inequality (29%) and unemployment (29%). Based on interviews with nearly 5,000 18- to 25-year-olds in 20 countries, the global survey also reveals that two-fifths (41%) of Generation Zers think business should be taking responsibility, along with government, to develop clean technology and renewable energy. Only one fifth (20%) believe the private sector is doing enough at present.
Another highlight from the report, which was commissioned by Masdar, an Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company, is the willingness of young consumers to put their ethics into practice. Nearly half (46%) think sustainable products are “just as good” as regular alternatives, with a similar percentage (49%) admitting to having spent more to purchase from a sustainable company. On the flipside, nearly one third (31%) say they have boycotted a company because of its bad record on sustainability.

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