The phrase, "the children are our future," always sounds like a little bit of a cop-out to me. Whenever adults have a problem that they're unwilling or unable to solve, they toss it off to the next generation with this handy phrase. Well, a new study, Do Millennials See Climate Change as More Than Just a Meme?, states that tossing climate change solutions off to the next generation is a pretty bad plan. By repeating research conducted about 10 years ago, researchers demonstrate these four important findings about millennials' attitudes toward climate change:
- "Overall, Millennials demonstrate similar or less engagement on global warming than older generations.
- Millennials are less likely to discuss global warming with their friends and family than the older generations (p. 4)
- Belief in global warming (p. 8), its importance (p. 5), and perceived efficacy in addressing the problem (p. 12) are no greater among Millennials than any other generation
- Liberal Millennials are less likely than liberals of other generations to have thought a lot about global warming before taking the survey (p. 15) and less likely to believe that people in the U.S. are being harmed now by global warming (p. 17)"
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