Generation X: They’re the Americans who “grew up with MTV, Nirvana, and the dot-com bubble,” says The Atlantic. These individuals are better educated than their parents and work longer hours. They sit on their children’s school boards and are often active in their communities. “But, when it comes to climate change, Gen Xers voice a resounding ‘meh.’”
In a recent survey, just 16 percent of polled Gen Xers said they followed the issue of climate change “very” or “moderately closely,” which is a 22 percent drop from 2009. People who said they did “not closely” follow the issue in 2009 were at 45 percent; in the most recent results that percentage climbed to 51 percent. So not only do fewer Gen Xers pay attention to climate change, but more and more are completely indifferent to the issue.
Why doesn’t Generation X care about climate change?
Oh, we care. I think the problem is my generation has been slowly conditioned to believe there is very little we can do about it. The big companies with all their money just keep on doing what they are doing. We know all about our own carbon footprint and how to minimize that but in this day and age we have been taught, that politically, we really have to choose which battles to fight and unfortunately there are a lot of pressing issues on the table. Women are fighting tooth and nail to hold onto the rights we have established in the last 50 years. We don’t have a choice, if we don’t stand up for the things that are going to effect us right now, we won’t even be in a position to help a drowning polar bear tomorrow.
I don’t know where that poll got its participants from but if you ask Oregonians you will find that WE CARE. Pictures like this sad polar bear are burned into my mind but as an individual there isn’t much I can do about it. I can reduce, reuse, recycle all day long and not make a dent in the problem. We can’t even get people to stop dumping billions of gallons of oil into our oceans, or follow the proper safety precautions to prevent catastrophic radioactive pollution disasters and THOSE environmental “mistakes” are costing us RIGHT NOW. How exactly am *I* supposed to do anything about any of it?
We need a band of people with a strong leader, marching against this and many other problems but our government is making such exercises of our freedom less and less possible.
Sorry about the rant guys but I genuinely resent the implication that my generation doesn’t care about global warming, especially since we are the generation who cares the most and all the old crabby patties were part of the problem, refusing to make the changes necessary before it even got this bad.