The Kids Are Not so Green After All

I missed this story the other day reporting on an analysis that finds young people really don’t care that much about the environment. Here’s a bit of it:

Mark Potosnak, an environmental science professor at DePaul University in Chicago, has noticed an increase in skepticism – or confusion – about climate change among his students as the national debate has heightened. That leads to fatigue, he said.

“It’s not so much that they don’t think it’s important. They’re just worn out,”

A lot of young people also simply don’t spend that much time exploring nature, said Beth Christensen, a professor who heads the environmental studies program at Adelphi University on New York’s Long Island.

When she attended Rutgers University in the 1980s, she said it was unusual to find a fellow student who hadn’t hiked and spent time in the woods.

“Now a lot of these students have very little experience with the unpaved world,” Christensen said.”

My view is that when we use the education system, cultural establishment, and government to beat people – especially young people – over the head with a message, like environmentalism, that they grow weary, suspicious, and immune to the effort. Maybe we should back off a little bit.

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