In a survey of 1,300 young people between the ages of 7 and 19, 95% said adults were not taking enough responsibility for the damaging effects of climate change.
The poll was conducted by the Energy Institute at the Big Bang Fair for science and engineering earlier this year.
As well as not believing enough was being done by older generations to tackle climate change, 80 per cent wanted renewable energy to be the people’s main source of electricity, 70 per cent wanted to have an electric car when they could drive and 38 per cent wanted to have a job in which they can “make a difference”.
The results suggest that forward-thinking businesses must demonstrate their role in reducing their environmental impact if they are to attract the next generation’s jobseekers and customers.
Louise Kingham, chief executive of the Energy Institute, said: “These findings reveal a switched-on generation ready and willing to take responsibility for humankind’s impact on the planet.
“Not only do the majority already take action on climate change in their daily lives and favour low carbon solutions on the electricity grid and on the roads, but more than a third of them express an interest in a career in energy and climate change.”