American teens see climate change as a problem for people to solve
Young people walk along Pennsylvania Avenue to the United States Capitol as part of the global climate strike September 20, 2019 in Washington, DC
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With time passing, who will solve the problems of climate change and global warming?
Most American teens think everyone should help.
Almost 70% of teens said tackling climate change and global warming is everyone’s responsibility as individuals, according to a survey released Thursday by Junior Achievement. The survey was conducted online by Engine Insights in September and asked more than 1,000 young people aged 13 to 17 about their views on the environment.
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âIt was a bit of a different point of view than I would have imagined,â said Ed Grocholski, senior vice president of brand at Junior Achievement, adding that many conversations about climate change and global warming are happening. are focused on what was happening at a higher level, such as government.
âThere is this sense of optimism that something can be done, and people can be proactive,â he said.
Today’s adolescents, however, seem to be more attuned to the impact of their individual actions and choices on the environment – the vast majority said human activity plays a role in change. climate.
Interestingly, although teens don’t see corporations as having the greatest responsibility when it comes to solving the environmental crisis, they do see corporations as playing a key role.
Of those polled, 73% said business innovation would be needed to slow or prevent climate change from getting worse.
“There is some optimism that the private sector can play a really productive role in solving this problem,” Grocholski said, adding that things such as electric cars, green construction and sources of Growing alternative energy played a role. “There’s a sense of hope that maybe wasn’t there a few years ago just because some of the things we see from an innovation perspective.”