How much do young Latin Americans trust science?

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The 2022 edition revealed a future “promissory” for science, especially in the region, since “88% of Latin Americans have an exceptionally high trust in science”.

“The survey reflects something very promising and that is that science is valued by people not only globally but also in the region”said the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Daniel Filmus. And he added: “The pandemic made clear the importance of scientific knowledge to get ahead. Today we are in phase 1 of a 100% national production vaccine and this is due to the leading role that research played in solving people’s problems“.

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Regarding the impacts of science on STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), environmental sustainability, access to health and the future of work, the study revealed that 79% of Latin Americans recognize that there is widespread disinformation in social networks and 75% in the media.

Despite this, eight out of ten (82%) believe there is negative consequences if people do not value science. Meanwhile, 87% of Latin Americans want know more about the work that scientists do.

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According to what the young people detailed, the main consequences and impacts of not trusting news about science in the media are “a greater public health crisis, greater polarization within society and an increase in the severity of the effects of climate change”.

Also, and being more likely to experience barriers to STEM education92% agree that there are barriers for students to pursue this type of education, compared to 84% globally. While, 86% of Latin Americans surveyed recognize the importance of skilled labor, but 48% cannot afford a technical schoolcompared to 28% globally.

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Regarding environmental issues, Latin Americans are more concerned about the plastic pollution in the oceans; climate change; air pollution; clean water supply and intensification of natural disasters. And about access to health, those surveyed want science to address mental and emotional health with an “urgency similar to that of pandemic vaccines”.

Finally, regarding the employment horizon, 86% agree that in the future we will depend more than ever on scientific knowledge and that artificial intelligence (AI) “it is an exciting technology that impacts your daily life”.

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