"Mediterranean Youth Responses towards sustainable development and current crisisâ€ť
The survey "Mediterranean Youth Responses towards sustainable development and current crisis" (run by UNESCO Chair on ESD in the Mediterranean/UoA and MEdIES) finally reached 430 young people (15-35 yrs old) from 25 countries (Mediterranean region). The survey invited the youth to share their thoughts about sustainability issues, the current economic and sociopolitical crisis as well as their vision for the future. In a nutshell:
- More than 90% of the youth was found to be acquainted with the notion of sustainable development.
- It seems that the vast majority (92,1%) understand correctly the components of sustainable development.
- However, they consider that the majority of the youth know â€śnot so muchâ€ť (39,7%) or â€śa littleâ€ť (37,4%) about sustainable development. Only a 9,3% state that the young people know â€śvery much soâ€ť.
- They considered the following as top priorities to be eventually tackled by ESD: human rights (the 34,8%),environmental protection (20,2%), reduction of unemployment (16,1%), and, access to high quality of water (13,6%).
- Many of them (43%) who have participated in a civil society or voluntary work, seem to have better understanding of sustainable development issues and to undertake more readily activities for the protection of the environment and the social welfare.
- The majority chose â€śby doingâ€ť as the most efficient/preferable the approach of learning.
The collected data were used for scientific purposes (Master thesis of Ms Efthimia Touli, 2016, University of Athens) as well as for informing the Action Plan of the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD that was adopted in the Ministerial Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, December 2016.