Does Gen-X Care About Climate Change?

Does Gen-X Care About Climate Change?

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If a recent study is correct, most people between the ages of 30 and 50 don't really care about climate change.

In 2009, a survey showed 22 percent of Generation X followed the issue of climate change very closely or moderately closely. By 2011, that number dropped to just 16 percent. Americans in that particular age group are generally not well-informed on climate change, nor do they pay much attention to it, according to the University of Michigan study, "Climate Change: Generation X Attitudes, Interest and Understanding."

Researcher Jon Miller calls GenX the "most scientifically literate and best-educated generation in American history." Sixty-seven percent of the 4,000 or so of those surveyed said they weren't certain global warming is happening. Only 23 percent were concerned or alarmed about global warming.

The study suggests more highly educated people are more likely to be concerned. Political affiliation also mattered. None of the conservative Republicans were alarmed, while only 10 percent were concerned. On the other side of the aisle, only 5 percent of liberal Democrats were dismissive or doubtful.

Climate change is predicted to have dramatic long-term consequences affecting future generations. Rising sea levels and more extreme weather are among its projected effects on the planet.

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