Young Americans less interested in the environment than previous generations

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une jeune Américaine déguisée en ours polaire lors du Earth Day de 2010 afin de demander au gouvernement un engagement plus fort sur le climat © AFP PHOTO / Tim Sloan

They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today’s young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources — and often less civic-minded overall — than their elders were when they were young.

The findings go against the widespread belief that environmental issues have hit home with today’s young adults, known as Millennials, who have grown up amid climate change discussion and the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle.” The environment is often listed among top concerns of young voters.

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