The 10 most critical problems in the world, according to millennials

Oli Scarff/GettyMillennials are worried about climate change.
  • World Economic Forum surveys people every year about the biggest problems facing the world.
  • Climate change is the millennial generation’s top concern for the third year in a row.
  • Millennials are also concerned about large scale conflict, wars, and inequality.

For the third year in a row, millennials who participated in the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Survey 2017 believe climate change is the most serious issue affecting the world today.

Nearly half (48.8%) of the survey participants chose climate change as their top concern, and 78.1% said they would be willing to change their lifestyle to protect the environment.

Survey respondents were also in near unequivocal agreement over the cause of climate change. Over 91% of respondents answered “agree” and “strongly agree” with the statement “science has proven that humans are responsible for climate change.”

Despite the dire state of the world today – and the stereotype that millennials’ are selfish and apathetic – the generation aged 18 to 35 cares deeply about global issues, and they’re determined to tackle them.

Below are the top-10 most concerning world issues, according to millennials.

10. Lack of economic opportunity and unemployment (12.1%)

Kevin Frayer/GettyChinese workers wait for job opportunities inside a local employment center on September 18, 2015 in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, China.

9. Safety / security / well being (14.1%)

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8. Lack of education (15.9%)

Paula Bronstein/ GettyStudents attend school in a temporary classroom in Nepal one year after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 9,000 people.

7. Food and water security (18.2%)

Bill Pugliano/GettyA protester in Flint, Michigan, holds up a sign criticising the city’s water contamination crisis that became a federal emergency and required aid from the National Guard.

6. Government accountability and transparency / corruption (22.7%)

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5. Religious conflicts (23.9%)

Carsten Koall/GettyIn Germany, Yazidi protesters with friends and family in Iraq and Syria call for action to stop ISIS’ violent siege.

4. Poverty (29.2%)

Mario Tama/GettyWeeks before the 2016 Olympic Games commence, children play in a garbage dump in one Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela complexes, which suffers from poverty and violence.

3. Inequality (income, discrimination) (30.8%)

Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesThe income gap between top and bottom earners is getting wider in the US.

2. Large scale conflict / wars (38.9%)

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1. Climate change / destruction of nature (48.8%)

Andrew Burton/GettyProtesters calling for massive economic and political changes to curb the effects of global warming hold a sit in around the Wall Street Bull statue on Broadway on September 22, 2014 in New York City.

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