Are you interested as a parent if your child is breathing fresh air? Study conducted by Save the Children Romania

According to the study, most of the children in Romania, 71%, are interested in environmental issues, two thirds (68%) consider that it is easy to choose ecological solutions in everyday life and that they are able to influence politicians to prevent and reduce climate and environmental problems (65%).

However, less than half of children believe that they receive enough information about climate and environmental issues at school (42%).

Romania is perceived by children as less responsible than other countries in the fight against climate change, with a low level of trust being given to politicians: only 30% of children believe that politicians can prevent and reduce climate and environmental problems.

The main topic of interest is air pollution (64%), for which the highest level of knowledge already held is recorded. Deforestation is the main problem for which children want the Romanian government to take immediate action (32%). Desertification, global warming and food waste follow.

School is the main place to learn about the environment and climate, 76% of children choose this option. Research indicates that the more information the school provides, the greater the children’s concern for all environmental issues. Also, 41% of children give an information role to social networks, while 49% state that they have participated in environmental education courses at their school, and 83% of them want to participate in such courses.

The study shows that girls are 10% more eager to learn in school than boys. 10% of children say that there have been situations in which they have felt offended or ridiculed by adults because of their involvement in environmental protection, and 15% by colleagues / groups of colleagues.

“Climate change is linked to wider issues of inequality and non-compliance with children’s basic rights, which complicates the situation. The future of children already suffering from the worst consequences of climate change appears to be dramatic if states do not take appropriate action. Although children cannot be held responsible for accelerating climate change, they will pay in the future for the mistakes and inaction of politicians. “ said Gabriela Alexandrescu, the executive president of Save the Children Romania.

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