Do Young People Still Care About the Environment?

With all of the green euphoria back in 2006 and 2007 it was easy to think that the Millennials – today’s teenagers and twenty somethings – would be the most eco-minded generation yet. Unfortunately, that may not be the case, at least by traditional measures. I think the catch is that this generation has gone through a lot. Their world view has surely been influenced by the financial crisis. It has also taken a steady beating from Republicans who diminish the potential for government to have a positive role in social and political affairs. Reagan liked to joke that one of the scariest things he had ever heard was , “I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.” When the same joke gets repeated again and again by Republican party members over the years, it will have an effect. Have a listen to the Gipper himself here.

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