94.53% of respondents said they’re concerned with environmental issues, whilst 87.43% said they believed they had a direct impact on their lives. These stats were slightly up on last year’s data, which came in at 91.09% and 85.86% respectively.
Almost two thirds of respondents (61.4%) stated that Covid-19 had changed their perceptions of sustainability, with many elaborating to say that the pandemic had shown how changes to their habits could contribute to achieving sustainability globally.
One respondent said:
“Seeing that some areas of the environment can experience benefits, even in a short period of human activity reduction, gives me hope that if enough people come together with a common aim, we might be able to see observable positive differences within our lifetimes.”
The survey results showed that the three sustainability areas most favoured by students are plastic reduction, waste reduction and responsible sourcing. Meanwhile, almost half expressed an interest in sustainable energy consumption.