Study: Less than half of adults concerned about future planet

Study: Less than half of adults concerned about future planet

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While this past weekend marked the 47th annual Earth Day, whether people make an extra effort to recycle in the coming weeks matters little compared to how they feel about the environment year-round, researchers have found.

According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, less than half of Americans – 45 percent – are concerned about the planet they are leaving behind for future generations, according to a new survey by The Harris Poll. Among those surveyed, 42 percent indicated that they care a great deal about the current state, and future, of the environment.  

That sentiment is especially true of urbanites (54 percent) and adults with children younger than 18 residing in their household (52 percent). 

Meanwhile, more than a third of adults consider themselves environmentally conscious (37 percent) and personally responsible for taking care of the environment (35 percent). In addition, 34 percent say they encourage others to be more environmentally friendly.

Complete results of the study can be found here.

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When it comes to specific eco-friendly labels, Americans are much less likely to relate, according to the report. Only a quarter of adults would label themselves a conservationist (25 percent), "green" (23 percent) or an environmentalist (21 percent). 

However, young adults aged 18-34 are more likely than their older counterparts to consider themselves:

  • A conservationist (33 percent 18-34 vs. 21 percent adults aged 35 and older); 
  • "Green" (33 percent vs. 19 percent, respectively); and/or, 
  • An environmentalist (31 percent vs. 16 percent, respectively).

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Compared to previous years, roughly the same proportion of adults are concerned about the planet they are leaving behind for future generations. Meanwhile, increasing numbers of adults (though still only a minority of all adults) now say they care a great deal, feel personally responsible, and encourage others to be more environmentally friendly. 

 


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