Climate change tops youth worries

An overwhelming majority of young people in the Netherlands between the ages of 12 and 29 believe action must be taken quickly to stop climate change (83%) and that the government is doing too little in this area (85%).

According to a major survey presented on Tuesday by research bureau Qrius, 26% of young people think that the Dutch lifestyle should change. For example, people should use their cars less and fly less.
Dissatisfaction with the current situation in the Netherlands also means that a quarter of Dutch young people are considering emigrating. The main reasons were that they do not feel safe in the Netherlands, stress and the way that people relate to each other.
The survey also concluded that children between six and 11 use the internet less today than two years ago. In 2005 28% used the internet everyday compared with 18% now.
The net income of young people between 15 and 19 has risen by 36% in the last two years, researchers found. In total 11 to 24-year-olds have €29bn to spend a year.

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