Listening to young people: Mobility for future (EN)

Listening to young people: Mobility for future

The LEMOCC study had two parts. One was a standardised online survey aimed at young people aged 15 to 30. It was produced in seven languages (Chinese, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German and Turkish). The second consisted of four focus group sessions with young people from all participating countries who discussed the link between youth mobility and climate change in depth. The data from both parts of the study were analysed and written up separately. 2

2.1 Standardised online survey

The online survey was aimed at young people aged 15 to 30, particularly those with a commitment to youth mobility, and was designed to obtain an insight into young people’s thoughts on the link between mobility and climate change. Following an extensive literature review, an entirely revised questionnaire was designed for the survey. It contained questions in various dimen- sions that already featured in previous mobility-relat- ed studies (e.g., MOVE project, Access Study), including socioeconomic data on gender, background, educa-

tion and parents’ profession, along with questions on respondents’ history, experience and attitudes regard- ing travel and mobility. For instance, they were asked what types of mobility they considered fit for purpose and/or necessary in which contexts. This allowed the researchers to capture, e.g., young people’s ideas and recommendations for climate-sensitive youth mobili- ty, also in the context of international youth work. The questionnaire was designed with the following assump- tions in mind:

→ Young people’s attitudes to mobility are linked to their personal experience of mobility → Young people’s attitudes to mobility depend on the role of mobility, and the extent to which they experience mobility, in their daily lives → The use of digital tools influences young people’s travel habits → Young people’s consumer behaviour influences their attitudes to climate change and mobility → Young people’s personal attitudes to climate change shape the way they travel → Young people’s personal engagement and level of information concerning climate protection shape the way they travel → Climate (change) is a challenge for the future. Young people know they will have to rethink their behaviour.

2 The team behind the study sought approval for the study design from the Ethics Committee of Faculty 1 (Educational and Social Sciences) of the Stiftung Universität Hildesheim. The study was examined for compliance with data privacy rules by the data privacy officer of the University of Hildesheim.


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