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

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

Tanza LoudenbackAbby Jackson Feb 26, 2018, 3:55 PM ET

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%)

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

8. Lack of education (15.9%)

7. Food and water security (18.2%)

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

5. Religious conflicts (23.9%)

4. Poverty (29.2%)

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

2. Large scale conflict / wars (38.9%)

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

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