Document Type : Research Article
1 PhD in sociology, associate professor, Department of public and local administration, Synergy university, Moscow, Russia
2 Doctor of Sociology, Professor, Department of Sociology, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia,
3 MA Sociology, Department of Sociology, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia
4 MA Sociology student, Department of Sociology, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia
The article discusses the features of the formation of environmental awareness of educated youth and their active life position regarding constructive participation in the implementation of the sustainable development strategy of our country. Particular attention is paid to the study of the possibilities of developing the ecological culture of Russian educated youth as the most active and receptive to environmental values. The theoretical basis of the research was composed by the work of environmentalism researchers. The empirical base of the study was the results of a questionnaire survey of representatives of educated youth in Moscow and St.-Petersburg. The focus of the study is a system of norms, values, patterns of behavior that set the vector for the development of environmental awareness of educated young people in the existing socio-economic and political conditions. Particular attention is paid to the practices of young people, environmental activities, consumption reduction, information sources and assessment of measures to solve environmental problems. Separate waste collection and avoidance of environmentally hazardous products lead among activities, but do not cover the majority of respondents. The results of the study showed that a stable social group has emerged, among the educated youth of both capitals over the past decade, in which values and patterns have been formed, in which ecological consciousness is already quite clearly manifested.