MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- "Think globally, act locally" is a worldwide mentality with most people agreeing what happens around the world can impact their local community, a survey found.
The global survey commissioned by Walden University in Minneapolis also found high levels of engagement in social change, with three-quarters of adults saying they've been involved during the past six months in activities which most commonly included donating money, goods or services, a Walden release said Tuesday.
The online survey was conducted for Walden by Harris Interactive in September 2011 and includes the perspectives of more than 12,000 adults in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the United States.
In the survey, eight in 10 adults around the world said involvement in positive social change is important to them personally.
Half or more of adults in each of the countries surveyed said the environment and "green" issues in other parts of the world will have a major impact on life in their own country in the next few years.
That view is particularly strong among young adults, the survey found, as in nearly all of the countries young adults said the environment in other parts of the world is the top issue most likely to have a major impact on life in their own communities.