Change for Climate
Nov 19, 2020
Findings from the National Youth Climate Change Survey Malaysia.
The most severe impacts of climate change will be faced by future generations, leaving today’s youth one of the most vulnerable groups of our population. Despite the many ways climate change impacts young people, they continue to be excluded from the forefront of climate policy and conversations about solutions. In a country like Malaysia, youth are a critical stakeholder to engage in climate action, where they account for 43% of the country’s population. Climate change is a youth issue; however, little is known about what youth in Malaysia think about climate change, and how climate change impacts them.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), supported by a youth environmental organization EcoKnights conducted the National Youth Climate Change Survey from 28 July to 18 August 2020 through an interactive chatbot platform. A total of 1,393 respondents took part in the survey. The survey aimed to better understand the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of youth towards climate change.