The Kids Are Alright

Via The Sietch Blog
If I asked you if giving up your car and plane travel (permanently) was a sensible solution to global warming, most people of adult age (lets say 20+) would have a hard time doing that. However the next generation, the ones who are really going to be screwed by the ill effects of the global climate crisis see things a little differently.

"new generation of green teenagers are prepared to support radical measures to help the planet, says a new study.

A survey of 16- to 19-year-olds by the Future Foundation found more than one in eight (13%) supported a ban on travelling by air for leisure purposes, while one in 10 say they would back a ban on cars if global warming continues to worsen.

Almost 10% even say they would be prepared to take part in guerrilla activities carried out by environmental groups.

Meanwhile others - primarily girls - are so eco-conscious they have developed a whole new strand of teen insecurity: "green angst", defined as anxiety about one's eco credentials. Others said environmental awareness even influences their choice of friends and partners.

The report was conducted on behalf of the National Lottery to inform funding of environmental projects."

It might sound like these kids have lost their minds, supporting guerrilla organizations?! But when you consider the kind of world they are going to inherit it makes perfect sense. If you knew that your parents generation was going to leave you a doomed world, you might be a little pissed. No one wants to grow up to inhabit a mad max movie.

According to the study released today by The National Lottery (UK organization), half of 16-19 year olds (50 per cent) want plastic bags banned completely, 71 per cent think that unnecessary packaging on food should go, and 13% per cent want a ban on traveling by plane for leisure purposes. While a quarter (24 per cent) think there should be increases on the taxes and tolls affecting cars, one in ten is prepared to go even further and would support a complete ban on cars if global warming continues to get worse.

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LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
Stop polluting or I'll kill you Fother Mucker! I kill u bich!
TheNaib (author) 9 years ago
if you go to the link at the top there is a pdf with more details.
The report was conducted on behalf of the National Lottery to inform funding of environmental projects.

Understood.
TheNaib (author)  Goodhart9 years ago
I am not sure what you are getting at?
He's saying that they just did this to prove that funding was actually going to environmental projects.
It is like the "four out of five doctors recommend...." commercials.
Doctor What9 years ago
Teenagers aren't that ecoconsious. Trust me, I'm one of them. Just because they put out a small questionaire in one part of the world does not mean that they are right. I am personally ecoconsious, but most of the people in my school, if given the choice between the environment and driving would choose the latter. It would be nice if young people were more ecoconsious, but they aren't.
Goodhart9 years ago
A survey of 16- to 19-year-olds by the Future Foundation found more than one in eight (13%)

Without knowing the demographics, it is hard to tell how reasonable the stats are.