Shock Survey: A Quarter of Young Europeans Don’t Worry About Anthropogenic Climate Change

Essay by Eric Worrall

Generational teenage rebellion may finally be kicking in for climate change. Or maybe they just don’t like being told what to do by anyone.

Quarter of young Europeans don’t believe in human-driven climate change


On average, older Europeans are more likely to believe in human-driven climate change

By Will Hazell

Education Correspondent

July 3, 2022 2:19 pm(Updated 4:00 pm)

More in Common interviewed more than 26,000 adults on their thoughts about climate change across the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain.

The study found that on average, older people were more likely to believe in human-driven climate change. 

While 63 per cent of 18 to 29-year-olds believed that climate change is “real and caused by human action”, the figure was 66 per cent for 30 to 54-year-olds and 71 per cent for those aged 55 and over. 

Among 18 to 29-year-olds, 22 per cent believed that climate change is “part of the earth’s natural cycle and human action is not to blame”, while 4 per cent thought it is “not happening”.

The exception was the United Kingdom, where 83 per cent of 18 to 29-year-olds said they were worried about climate change, compared to 72 per cent of older adults. 

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I couldn’t find the link on the More in Common website, so maybe they haven’t published it yet.

I haven’t got a good explanation for why Britain is such a holdout. Language proximity to the USA might be a factor, but plenty of Europeans watch American movies and other content, English is widely taught in European schools.

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John the Econ
July 3, 2022 6:30 pm

It could be that European science and economic education is better than Britain’s and ours, and better educated kids are more apt to see through the scientific, economic, and rhetorical inconsistencies of the green propaganda everyone else accepts at face value. Or at least one can hope.

Reply to  John the Econ
July 4, 2022 1:01 am

Can’t comment on the European education system; but the U.K. one took a major quality dive around the late 60s when leftwing activists infiltrated the system.
Essentially the system stopped teaching student HOW think and started teaching them WHAT to think; and that using the emotional side of the brain.

We removed our children from the system around that time at great expense and I recall a colleague of mine saying: “Never mind your kids Alasdair; think of those left behind; they will be running the country on 40 years time.”😱😱🤯. How very prescient those words were.

IMO the younger generations do tend to think with their emotions, which can be disastrous; but that’s a grumpy old man talking and fortunately there are indeed exceptions.

John the Econ
Reply to  Alasdair
July 5, 2022 4:06 pm

Essentially the system stopped teaching student HOW think and started teaching them WHAT to think; and that using the emotional side of the brain.

I call that “The feralization of the west”.

The primary distinction between human beings and the animals is that humans possess an intellect that can override emotions and direct behavior in less destructive and/or more beneficial manners. In history, we used to call that “the enlightenment”, when science took over from superstition. What these Progressives are really saying is that their students are devolving to a lower animal state where they are totally controlled by their emotions, (something they should have gotten over at the age of 5) and what intellect they do posses is only devoted to justifying why they are so upset.

It used to be that our universities existed to elevate people beyond that state. In fact, there was a time when our universities would only accommodate those who had already evolved well beyond that state. Today, they’re doing the exact opposite.

July 3, 2022 6:35 pm

25% is not enough, though I’ll take it.

Tom Abbott
July 3, 2022 6:59 pm

From the article: “I haven’t got a good explanation for why Britain is such a holdout.”

It seems to me that Britain has been the focal point for many climate change demonstrations, so the young people in Britain would be more exposed to the climate change propaganda.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 3, 2022 7:12 pm

The center for extinction insanity morons

John Garrett
Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 4, 2022 5:16 am

The BBC monopoly has something to do with it.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  John Garrett
July 4, 2022 6:29 am

There’s no AGW sceptical news media outlet in the UK.

BBC coverage in the shape of Rowlatt is becoming hysterical.His reaaction to the Supreme Court decision was something to behold. My TV only just survived.

July 3, 2022 7:16 pm

Even when they “cared”, it was always last, or next to last on the list of things that were important to them.

July 3, 2022 7:56 pm

They are so force fed the climate change crap, maybe they are rebelling. It is a good thing as some will actually look at the data in an objective manner and realize that much of what they have been fed is nonsense.

July 3, 2022 9:30 pm

Again –

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”
― Charles MacKay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

July 3, 2022 9:58 pm

Find people who know little or nothing about climate science.
Then ask them about their climate change beliefs.
That adds up to a nothingburger, to quote the great
American orator Shrillary Clinton.

Peta of Newark
July 3, 2022 10:16 pm

Quote:”I haven’t got a good explanation for why Britain is such a holdout.

Where you been, The Floyd had it sussed way way back in 1979

Political correctness, fear of not be liked, wanting to fit in, obedience, unspoken threats etc

Try asking Chinese kids if they think Socialism is ‘a good idea

Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 3, 2022 10:20 pm

Better indoctrinators?

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 4, 2022 12:32 am

Peta nails a big part of it, but don’t neglect the relentless and almost constant media hysteria linking perfectly normal weather variation and events as “proof” of climate catastrophe next week. I have said before that I hold the BBC in particular guilty of damaging the mental health of young people by its wholly one-sided propaganda which has directly led to people believing that they are going to die soon and must give up to heir freedoms to alleged climate calamity. The fruitcake newspapers like The Guardian haven’t helped, but these days sane people have given up reading it.

On a side note, there has been a lot of interest in solar storms in the papers here. Would a really big one, if it hit us, cause problems for electric cars and their fragile combustion propensities?

Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
July 4, 2022 3:22 am

as far as I have read..YES so many chips to be fried etc
pre 84 cars without EFI would be good to go , not much else apparently
and a decent one that knocked out satnav would be..”interesting” in results

John Garrett
Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 4, 2022 5:17 am

Repeat comment:

The BBC monopoly is a big factor.

July 3, 2022 10:52 pm

Maybe the younger people are becoming old enough to realise that the climate hoax political agenda has moveable goal posts, as a “tipping point” passes a new date is set?

July 3, 2022 11:15 pm

All one has to do in America to find out if young people care about climate change is survey them and ask if they would rather walk or have their mommies drive them to school.

July 3, 2022 11:32 pm

In any case 66% is almost 2/3 of the electorate. So we are condemned to see much more pressure from the politics because they have found the key to the votes.
In Italy car market sunk from the beginning of the year with a -15 to -25% almost each month. So climate “awareness” (as some like to call it) is hitting the financial wall of the average Italian now. And in the future it will hurt even more.

Reply to  Luigi
July 4, 2022 3:24 am

more like rising fuel costs?

July 3, 2022 11:42 pm

I’m not questioning Eric here, but this survey sounds like a crock of shit to me.

When asked if climate change is “real and caused by human action”, I’d have to respond “yes”, because I do accept recorded* temperatures have risen and we are partly* responsible

Do I think this is an issue? Nope, it’s a benefit.

(* not sure I trust the adjusted temperatures, but I do think temperature rise due to urbanisation and deforestation is part of the (non) issue)

John Hultquist
Reply to  Redge
July 4, 2022 10:15 am

 Years ago, I did some survey research and found great difficulty in writing (asking) questions that “got to the heart of the matter.” There likely is a better way of saying that.

So, I too would respond “yes” while being aware of the crock part.
On the other hand, I do not answer the phone to unknown callers, so I haven’t had to respond to such surveys since getting a phone with a “leave a message” function.

Reply to  John Hultquist
July 4, 2022 4:11 pm

“Government says 2 (or 3, 4) degrees C of warming over the next 80 or 100 years will be disastrous – do you agree?”

Or degrees F for those who identify as American.

Something like that. But, you know, even that might not be enough. People in government, media, academia act with panic and they should know the situation better – either they are complete idiots regardless of the fancy parchment framed on their walls, or… they are outright lying for personal or political gain.

M Courtney
July 4, 2022 12:01 am

The BBC and Sky dominate TV in the UK. Both are dedicated to promoting belief in a Climate Emergency.

The print media is hardly read anymore. And believed even less.

28Gate is the reason that the UK is an exception.

Remember, the USA followed the UK down the AGW rabbit hole. It was started on this side of the pond by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

Reply to  M Courtney
July 4, 2022 12:27 pm

‘Margaret Thatcher was the first leader to warn of global warming – but also the first to see the flaws in the climate change orthodoxy’

Reply to  M Courtney
July 4, 2022 4:16 pm

Yes, apparently to break the miners’ union not any real regard for the environment… but then the politicos then grew with tales of the dark smog over London so they might have justification.

Still the lie spiralled out of control and damaging people’s lives financially and physically.

July 4, 2022 12:29 am

Only 1/4? The brainwashing propaganda is working on the ficker ones, then.

July 4, 2022 1:36 am

63% of 18 to 29 year olds believe it is an issue? a clear majority then

Tom Abbott
Reply to  griff
July 4, 2022 3:40 am

Propaganda works.

Andy Wilkins
Reply to  griff
July 4, 2022 3:51 am

And a majority of Russians currently believe Putin is “liberating” the Ukraine.
Propaganda works Griff, and you’re a prime example of someone who has fallen for propaganda.

Reply to  griff
July 4, 2022 6:38 am

I agree with you it is very sad.

ian Coleman
July 4, 2022 1:47 am

Let’s all just wait forty years, and ask them then. I was born in 1952, and all I heard until I was in my thirties, over and over, was that we were two steps and a stagger away from global nuclear war. As time went by and that didn’t happen, the general population anxiety atrophied, and now only the odd crank fears a nuclear holocaust.

In forty years, Greta Thunberg will be 58, and Sweden will still be habitable. By that time, her main source of personal unhappiness will be the aging of her body. If she has had children (which with Greta might be a bit of long shot), she will be worried about them. But she won’t be worried about the climate, as the climate will have disobediently failed to succumb to the inevitable increase in greenhouse gas concentration.

High Treason
July 4, 2022 2:14 am

What it shows is that a very high percentage have fallen for the constant propaganda-more than 50%-a democratic majority. I wonder if they still believe in Santa Claus?
The legend of Santa Claus is to wake children up that even with the constant cries from the media and parents that Santa is real, it was always a far-fetched hoax. They eventually put 2 and 2 together and realize it was all a hoax. Alas, people have not learned those lessons – it has happened in the past and it is happening NOW.
Luckily, there will always be a percentage of people that question things, but it is well under the 50%.Rather insane when you think about it-what separates humans from other animals is our ability to question. Clearly, we are evolving in to dung beetles-swallow every scrap of bovine excrement served up.
Catastrophic global warming / “climate change” driven by the 3% of atmospheric CO2 increase that is of human origin was always as fanciful as Santa and his magic sleigh visiting every child on the planet. It is only desperate pleas from vested interests that keeps the massive hoax going.
Like Santa, there is no actual evidence-only hearsay and pleas, along with a guy in a Santa costume in the mall. Like cAGW, there is no actual evidence, only pleas (consensus studies and shrill scare campaigns) and manipulated data to keep the very far-fetched notion going. The odd appearance of a plump man with a hockey stick contributes to maintaining the hoax.

ian Coleman
Reply to  High Treason
July 4, 2022 5:07 pm

Okay, Treason, wait a minute. Are you saying that Santa isn’t real? So I’ve been a good boy all these years for nothing?

July 4, 2022 2:17 am

Mistrust of the confidentiality of the survey might be an explanation.
Those of us who help with “interventions” (eg de-brainwashing) caution those we help to be careful who they talk to about the climate change scam. Teaching dissimulation is the hard part.

July 4, 2022 2:47 am

From June 30th, every new EV charger that is sold or installed in the UK (domestic, corporate or public) has to be a smart charger.
Smart chargers regulate charge rate according to the greed load and this will have to include a ‘random delay’ of up to 10 minutes every time an EV starts to charge.
Purpose of the delay is so that the imminent grid system load is predictable and the grid can adequately regulate load via reducing charge rates to the active smart chargers.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Vuk
July 4, 2022 3:48 am

So, an extra 10 more minutes at the charging station.

There is a charging station here in my town (just one, as far as I know) and every time I drive by it, there is never anyone parked there charging their cars. I guess there aren’t many electric cars in this town.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 4, 2022 9:21 pm

Surprisingly perhaps, the ones near to us keep having someone with a hacksaw come and cut the heavy copper cables off the damn things in the middle of the night. Who could imagine that not every citizen would have goodness in their heart when there’s a world to save.?

Mike Lowe
July 4, 2022 3:34 am

Perhaps the British youngsters are more brainwashed after watching and listening to idiots like Attenborough and BoJo (and Carrie?).

July 4, 2022 3:52 am

The exception was the United Kingdom, where the indoctrination and propaganda really are full on

Andy Wilkins
July 4, 2022 3:57 am

The exception was the United Kingdom, where 83 per cent of 18 to 29-year-olds said they were worried about climate change
I’m a maths teacher in the UK. I’ve taught for 25 years in both the state and private sector. CAGW is rammed down the kids necks by multiple departments: science, geography, history, PSHE (sex ed etc), art, drama, you name it.
I put a couple of graphs up on my classroom wall explaining how the absorption abilities of CO2 are logarithmic alongside a graph that showed the Minoan, Roman, and medieval warm periods. A science teacher screamed at me in the staff room for “posting lies!”

Reply to  Andy Wilkins
July 4, 2022 6:08 am

“A science teacher screamed at me in the staff room for “posting lies!”

They love to bully when reason fails.

Rich Davis
July 4, 2022 6:51 am

G’day Eric
You said:

…why Britain is such a holdout. Language proximity to the USA might be a factor…

This is a headscratcher for me. The US is about the only Western country with a significant level of climate sanity in the general public.

Are you implying that Britain’s Green piety is a reaction against whatever those backward deplorable Yanks think?

James F. Evans
July 4, 2022 8:27 am

Put forward the best scientific evidence currently available.

Point out the AGW crowd won’t debate in good faith, and engage in rational dialogue & discussion, even disagreement & argument.

Following the classic Scientific Method.

And, truth win out, whatever that be.

This way can persuade the youth, both in body & mind.

July 4, 2022 8:37 am

Interesting that younger people are more skeptical of global warming than older people. We older adults grew up in a time when you could more or less trust what government officials and scientists were saying. People like Truman and Eisenhower were honorable. The younger generation grew up in a time when you took it for granted that government officials lie whenever it is convenient and that modern science is about group think and about fund raising.

For example I remember that I believed President Bill Clinton when he went on national television, pointed finger directly at the camera and said “I did not have sex with that woman.” I thought that no American president would so openly lie. And then they found his semen on her dress.

Reply to  Marty
July 4, 2022 9:16 pm

It was the redefinition of ‘sex’, to not include oral sex, that was Bills great gift to the world. Or rather the ability to sever what was considered to be ‘part and parcel’ into something else which was separate and not. Politicians have been using the trick ever since.

Mike McHenry
July 4, 2022 3:40 pm

I was a frequent business traveler to Europe during the 1970s through 2000s. Older people were more inclined to believe in socialism. Socialism is tantamount to believing in the tooth fairy

July 4, 2022 4:40 pm

I would like to see the breakdown between Eastern and Western Europe. Eastern Europe has learned to be more suspicious of left wing ideas.

Ulick Stafford
July 5, 2022 12:55 am

Still a lot of work to be done if 3/4 do worry.

July 5, 2022 6:55 pm

THAT NAILS IT! CAGW is an Anglophone (and German) disease. (I wish I had the hard data to toss in the World of Oz, but I bet someone else with handy data findings will oblige us with a cite?)

John Hardy
July 9, 2022 2:50 pm

Its the BBC

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