Archive | July, 2013
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Where are our Young Activists?

19 Jul

Interesting fact of the day:

“One third of boomers, 25% of Gen Xers and 21 percent of Millennials said it’s important to become ‘personally’ involved in programs to clean up the environment.”

Wait, what.

I thought my generation is supposed to be the most active and involved in environmental issues.  Aren’t we known for our proclivity towards innovation, our desire to transform the world and lead the fight against global climate change?  I would think so, since I have grown up with fellow activists and been exposed to countless sustainability events, rallies, fairs, etc.

Then why does our generation have the smallest percentage of respondents who personally care about cleaning the environment?  Possible reasons: 1) We’re lazy 2) We’ve been overexposed to these issues 3) We have less trust in our government 4) We have less faith in mitigating these issues

Okay, honestly none of these reasons are good enough to explain our generational deficiency.  WE are the future generation, so we should have the most concern!  With every passing day, environmental issues are becoming more and more pertinent…so we should be getting more and more urgent.

Come on, young people!  Stop watching Netflix and DO SOMETHING.  Join an environmental club at your school, volunteer at a local cleanup or even Read my blog and email me at studentssavingenergy@gmail.com.  I’m open to discussion, comments, advice, or just a nice hello :)

P.S. Keep on the lookout for more posts about an idea I have for a personal slice of activism I have in mind…

Read more: http://www.blisstree.com/2012/03/15/sex-relationships/todays-20-somethings-arent-as-green-as-their-parents-123/#ixzz2ZVmLOiqk

Gen Y…Too Connected?

12 Jul

Living-Technology-2560x1024So I’m doing research at my internship and learning a lot about the various mindsets of different generations.  The Baby Boomers (1946-1964) grew up with the onset of television, the Vietnam War and a boom in production of consumer goods.  Generation X (1965-1980) grew up with dual income families and lots of independence.  Generation Y (1981-2002), my generation, is known for receiving immense parental support and reinforcement, as well as being surround by the latest gadgets.  Does the ability to work with all this technology make us smarter?  No, it just means we’re more dependent. 

Growing up as a Millennial, I have seen the vast transition from cassettes to DVDs and MP3 players to iPod, from flip phones to smart phones and computer monitors to sleek laptops.  I have owned them all and have never even thought twice about how freaky FAST everything is changing.  Pretty soon, our smart phones will become an ancient relict of the past.

Which gets me thinking, how is technology transforming so quickly, yet we still cannot settle on a clean and stable source of energy?  We’ve been fighting about Keystone XL for so long, Apple is already moving on to the sixth generation of the iPhone.  And what happened to the Cape Wind project?  Yeah, Obama finally laid out a policy for climate change but come on, it’s been 20 years overdue already.  It’s easy to talk the talk but now it’s time to walk the walk.

If technology is advancing this quickly, I’d like to see some of that money and R&D put into things that really matter.  I wouldn’t mind downgrading my phone and laptop for the sake of investing that money in wind farm construction.

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