There is a long article at opinion journal.com today about today’s college students’ lack of interest in the environment compared with baby boomers’.
Researchers found that, when surveyed decades ago, about a third of young baby boomers said it was important to become personally involved in programs to clean up the environment. In comparison, only about a quarter of young Gen Xers–and 21 percent of Millennials–said the same.
Meanwhile, 15 percent of Millennials said they had made no effort to help the environment, compared with 8 percent of young Gen Xers and 5 percent of young baby boomers.
The author, James Taranto, cites economic reasons for the lack of interest. He quotes several activists supposing that today’s students are insufficiently indoctrinated.
I believe both are incorrect. The reason young people are less interested in the environment than baby boomers is because the environment is so much cleaner and healthier than when we were children.
As amazing as it might seem to a 2012 college freshman, we had rivers in the United States that literally caught fire in the 1960′s. There is less water pollution, less air pollution, and less visual pollution. In 1960, life expectancy was 69.7 years. Now, 78.7 years.
Oh, and a generation ago, earth’s temperature was rising. No global warming has occurred since 1998.