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2012 August 12 Sunday
Gen X Cares Squat About Global Warming

Why don't social scientists poll and compile longer lists of issues that elicit feelings of apathy?

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the nation suffers through a summer of record-shattering heat, a University of Michigan report finds that Generation X is lukewarm about climate change—uninformed about the causes and unconcerned about the potential dangers.

I'm going to guess the Gen Xers are more concerned about college debts, low paid jobs (or even lack of a job), or lack of a bed partner. Plus, lots of other distractions compete for their attention such as video games, reality TV shows, Daily Mail articles about celebrity hook-ups, smart phone text messages, uploading ugly pictures of their girlfriends to Facebook, and tweets. We are supposed to be surprised?

"Most Generation Xers are surprisingly disengaged, dismissive or doubtful about whether global climate change is happening and they don't spend much time worrying about it," said Jon D. Miller, author of "The Generation X Report."

What is surprising? Nothing. What's sad? The world is getting ever more overpopulated and its resources more depleted and very few intellectuals find this worthy of note. Their only politically correct environment issue is Global Warming. They've even made that issue harder for the masses to grasp by renaming it to Global Climate Change.

As advances in social media and smart phones continue to make distractions more compelling Gen X pays less attention to global warming.

The new report, the fourth in a continuing series, compares Gen X attitudes about climate change in 2009 and 2011, and describes the levels of concern Gen Xers have about different aspects of climate change, as well as their sources of information on the subject.

"We found a small but statistically significant decline between 2009 and 2011 in the level of attention and concern Generation X adults expressed about climate change," Miller said. "In 2009, about 22 percent said they followed the issue of climate change very or moderately closely. In 2011, only 16 percent said they did so."

The human race is not designed to care about the entire planet. We top out at worrying about threats facing just 100 people and don't scale mentally beyond that level. Unfortunately, the human race is now impacting the entire planet and as intelligent dominant omnivores we faces no predators that can constrain us.

By Randall Parker    2012 August 12 09:15 AM Entry Permalink | Comments (8)
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