Children and young people when thinking of the world tomorrow are plagued by one thing above all others: climate change. They fear it will bereave them of the forests and flowers, breathable air, clean water, the four seasons, and the starry skies, the things they cherish. They want to live close to “free nature” also when they are adults.
The responses to the survey set a global tone of concern as children and young people express their hopes for equality and equity, the strengthening of human rights, the elimination of discrimination, the preservation of linguistic and cultural diversity - and peace. The fear of war keeps repeating in the answers of today's schoolchildren. The question therefore arises, whether children and young people see wars as an inevitable evil they have to face at some point, or whether they can believe in a world free of violent conflicts.
Unexpectedly, school children are not deeply worried about epidemic crises like the corona pandemic: they seem to trust in a solution that will soon be found, it’s just that they should wait for a little while still. Perhaps the causality between epidemics, climate change and the eradication of wildlife is not clear to children and young people. For the moment, they are entrusting the keys to resolving pandemics into the hands of others.
What else would they trust in the hands of the adults who are running the world today?