Not climate change again! Do students take climate change seriously?
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Do university students actually care about climate change? And are they doing anything to stop it? Concerned by apparent contradiction in the behavior of my student colleagues, I took the initiative to address the issue and carried out research to try and understand students’ reaction to the statement, “Oh No! Not Climate Change Again!” I conducted a survey of 200 students at the University of Westminster, which revealed that the majority of students are turning away from information on climate change. The survey also shows that 45% of students say that they are not doing anything to stop climate change. Yet the numbers also show that more than 80% of the participants say that they know about the impact of climate change. Although this is a welcome number, I believe that a large number of students are not concerned with slowing climate change. Based on observation, students’ behavior still shows ignorance about the issue. It is an unpleasant sight looking at a recycling bin filled with non-recyclable items. Furthermore even the simple act of turning off a power socket seems to be a daunting task for students as many of them never turn off the switches after using them.
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