40% of people in the US, 51% in Australia, and 50% in Great Britain say that they will feel personally threatened by climate change in the next 5 years. When this question was asked of people in the US and Great Britain in 2016, climate change was only nominated by 23% and 20% of people respectively.
40% of people in Australia and Great Britain say that they only buy products from a company whose ethics they agree with and 52% of people in the US agree that it’s important for companies to provide information about how their products are made (working conditions, fair trade, factory location etc.).
The responsible use of technology is an important element in social sustainability. Managing the impact that increasing tech has on our own state of mind is an act of self-care. The lockdowns and isolation of the pandemic sent people around the world even further into digital decline with negative impacts on mental health.
A global wellbeing report released in 2020 found that that heavier users of social media were more likely to feel heavier negative impacts on their social well-being and lighter users reported a greater sense of well-being overall.