Despite the progress made with young people and children, work needs to continue in Russia to raise awareness of environmental issues
We have identified another correlation: the younger the person, the more they know about the environment and the circular economy. Children are the most enlightened people we have — Sergey Korolev, Deputy General Director for Regional Development, Russian Environmental Operator Public Law Company.
Environmental education is a crucial area for us. We have developed a website dedicated to the climate and environment. Incidentally, we surveyed 10,000 students from a number of higher education institutions across Moscow. We asked them whether they knew what was meant by the circular economy. <...> More than 20% of respondents said they did. The rest either said they didn’t know, they weren’t sure, or gave an answer which was not quite right — Ivan Lobanov, Rector, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.
We tried promoting this story to small and medium-sized enterprises, and found out that only around 5% of those we spoke to actually understood what was meant by responsible consumption, ESG, and how to process waste. <...> Education is, in fact, a big issue. Yes, of course, looking at the figures, most people know, <...> but still, a significant layer of work remains to be done — Stanislav Bogdanov, Director for Government Relations, X5 Group.