Daily Management Review

Ten biggest fears of millennials


Millennials (the generation of young people born in the early 2000s) who participate in the Global Shapers Survey 2017 poll believe that climate change is the most serious problem that affects the world nowadays.

Almost half (48.8%) of the survey’s participants believe that climate change is the main reason for concern. 78.1% of respondents stated that they would like to change their way of life in order to protect the environment. Respondents also almost unanimously named the cause of climate change. More than 91% agreed with the statement "Science has proven that people are responsible for climate change."

The survey was conducted among people aged 18 to 35 years. In total, over 31 thousand people from 186 countries of the world took part in the survey.

Below are the top 10 major threats from the point of view of modern youth.

10. Lack of economic opportunities and employment (12.1%)

According to the UN forecast published earlier this year, 2017 will bring a moderate increase in the level of global unemployment (from 5.7% to 5.8%) which means an increase in the number of unemployed by 3.4 million people.

According to forecasts, the number of unemployed in the world in 2017 will be slightly more than 201 million people. In 2018, the figure should add 2.7 million people, as the workforce grows faster than new jobs are created, says ILO’s report.

The problem of unemployment is particularly acute in Latin America and the Caribbean and in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. In both regions, the number of citizens reaching working age is skyrocketing.

9. Safety and well-being (14.1%)

Security issues are particularly acute in the world, and 14.1% of respondents agree with this.

Different regions of the world, security issues are associated with various factors. Thus, the Middle East is a region where armed conflicts are constantly going on, and the population is suffering from terrorism.

However, the issue of security is becoming more acute in such seemingly prosperous regions as Europe. The terrorist attacks occurred in Spanish Catalonia earlier this year only confirm these fears.

Speaking of Africa, the issues of security and well-being are very serious here because of armed clashes, acute hunger and health issues.

8. Lack of education (15.9%)

Education is something ordinary for the inhabitants of developed countries, but this opportunity is limited for a large part of the world population.

In many countries of the world, children have no access to educational opportunities, and there is a high level of illiteracy among the adult population. First of all, we are talking about economically backward countries - Chad, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone and other countries of the African continent.

7. Lack of water and food (18.2%)

It would seem that the problem of lack of food and drinking water is a problem associated with Africa. However, water shortages are also a typical problem for the United States, where a long-term drought has been observed in California.

Interruptions in food supply are a matter of concern in the Middle East, where civilians often starve because of armed conflicts.

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

Earlier this year, the results of the EY EMEIA Fraud Survey were published. The paper showed that, despite little progress in fighting corruption in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA region), 51% of respondents still perceive the problem corruption as very serious in their countries.

27% of respondents claim that bribes are a common practice in business when receiving tenders in their countries. Among them, 14% were from Western Europe. However, countries with the highest level of corruption are traditionally considered to be the countries of Africa and part of the Middle Eastern countries.

Nevertheless, the issues of corruption and lack of transparency of the government are also quite acute in developed countries,.

5. Religious conflicts (23.9%)

Religious conflicts have occurred throughout the history of mankind. At the moment, the real center for such conflicts is the Middle East, in particular countries such as Syria and Iraq. Unfortunately, armed conflicts in the region destroy entire groups of people on religious grounds, which is undoubtedly a matter of concern.

4. Poverty (29.2%)

There are many countries in the world that have very low GDP (even below $ 1,000 per year) and are considered the most unfavorable. First of all, we are talking about the countries of Africa - Malawi, Burundi, CAR, Niger, Liberia and others.

3. Inequality (30.8%)

Inequality is still a major problem. Even in the richest and most developed countries, there is a large gap between the income of the rich and poor. A recent study by Oxfam reports that only 8 people with a total fortune of $ 426 billion have the same amount of money as the poorest half of the world's population. This study also showed that 1% of the richest people in the world own more than the rest of the population. Moreover, the state of these people continues to grow, and over the next 25 years, the world will see the first trillionaires.

2. Large-scale conflicts, wars (38.9%)

Everyone knows about the conflicts in the Middle East since media constantly reports about them. Nevertheless, this is not the only hot spot on the globe. In addition to the Middle East, constant conflicts are taking place in African countries, and if the Middle East conflict is regularly covered in the press, clashes in Africa usually remain silent. However, a huge number of people die each year in these conflicts. Concern is also caused by the growing tension between North Korea and the US, when the two countries threaten each other with an open conflict.

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

People are afraid of climate change, as it leads to the destruction of nature. It's not only about wildlife, but also about the economic consequences that global warming brings with it. First of all, they note various natural disasters - floods, hurricanes, droughts, downpours. All this has a significant negative impact on the population, on the quality of life and on security in general. Another consequence may be a global shortage of drinking water in regions where temperatures will be much higher than usual and where there is an acute shortage of water, especially in southern latitudes. Hunger is another unpleasant consequence of climate change, as it will have a negative impact on agriculture, leading to loss of crops.