The current COVID-19 crisis has allowed society to reflect on the need to keep the planet healthy and care for nature. Environmental issues have become one of the central pillars in addressing the new challenges arising from this crisis, and young Spaniards are increasingly convinced of this fact. This is one of the main conclusions of a survey entitled “Youth, Education and the Environment”, carried out by More Than Research for Naturaliza, the Ecoembes environmental education project.
The study was carried out with the participation of over 3,400 people between the ages of 18 and 30 throughout the country. 9 out of 10 respondents believed that, in the post-Covid era, environmental education should be treated as a vital instrument in society in terms of contributing to tackling scenarios such as the current one. In line with this, 90% of those surveyed also felt that environmental issues should be taken into account more when seeking to understand and prevent crises that affect health.
Another area analysed in the study carried out for Naturaliza was how young people interact with nature, an issue gaining in significance. Despite the fact that 8 out of 10 respondents said that prior to the health crisis they already had a lot or quite a lot of contact with nature, more than half of them (54%) said that after the de-escalation, they would go out into nature more often. The main reason given for this was “necessity”, as people considered that contact with the environment afforded them freedom, relaxation and joy.