82 per cent of students would vote for more action on climate change

Thursday 12-03-2015 - 17:21

New research shows that 82 per cent of students would vote for a government which took action on climate change.


Since April 2014, we’ve been tracking students’ attitudes towards climate change, and the responses send a clear message: this is an issue which is incredibly important to students.

  • 80 per cent are concerned about climate change
  • Over two thirds believe they’ll be affected by climate change
  • 65 per cent believe we are already feeling its effects
  • 82 per cent would vote for a government which increased action on climate change

These are strong messages. What’s more, concern has risen over the past year alone. As we move towards a General Election and crucial climate talks in Paris this winter, is your union taking the opportunity to engage students with sustainability as a political issue?

In the last General Election, only 44 per cent of 18 -24 year olds voted. This year, we’re committed to making sure students are a force too powerful to ignore.

#GenerationVote is our voter registration campaign, and is building on incredible momentum after we registered 50,000 students to vote last month on National Voter Registration Day.

With 82 per cent of students saying they’ll vote for a government which took more action on climate change, is it time you started treating sustainability as a political issue on your campus?

It’s about a lot more than doing the recycling properly. It’s one of today’s most pressing social justice issues..

With 80 per cent of students concerned about climate change, but our leaders still failing to lead, it’s time for the student movement to lead instead. We can put sustainability back at the centre of the UK’s political debate.

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