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Teenagers Are the Most Convinced There’s a Climate Emergency

The largest-ever climate opinion poll showed Gen-Z is much more concerned about the future of the planet than their elders

Climate activists gather on a "Global Day of Action" organized by the Fridays for Future climate change movement in Berlin, Germany. 
Photographer: Omer Messinger/Getty Images Europe

 Teenagers in some of the world’s top polluting nations are the strongest believers that global warming is an emergency, according to the largest-ever climate opinion poll.

Globally, 69% of people under 18 years old believe climate change is an emergency, compared with 58% of those older than 60, according to a survey of 1.2 million people across 50 countries by the United Nations’ Development Program and the University of Oxford. The study doesn't include China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases.