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Shades of grey in the global green movement

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Portrait of elderly man in Bhutan"Each new generation is reared by its predecessor; the latter must therefore improve in order to improve its successor. The movement is circular." - Emile Durkheim
 
How are Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Bill Mckibben, Pope Francis, and Al Gore alike? The answer is very simple: they are part of a 60+ cohort, which includes baby boomers and their predecessors. And they are all very effective and passionate about how to tackle the biggest threat of our times: climate change.
 
I vividly remember that the first person who drew my attention as a child to the environment was my grandfather who was a small farmer in my native Poland. Around twenty-five years ago, during my first visit to Siberia, tribal seniors raised the issue of the melting of the “eternal ice” as well. Neither my grandfather nor the seniors were highly educated, but they were able to observe the rapid changes in their own environment. Despite this, we did not heed their concerns as they did not possess academic credentials. Now that over five thousand researchers have agreed that climate change is occurring, we are suddenly starting to pay attention.
 
Older adults constantly address the issues involved in global warming to Millennials, youth or even children, fully aware that their generation’s irresponsible behavior contributed immensely to the current state of the Earth. But why exclude the culprits? What happened to resocialization and second chances? Even James Madison was aware of generational responsibilities when he stated: “Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.”
 
The baby boomers and the silent generation are reaping the benefits of the “longevity dividend”. Why don’t we start working together towards the survival of our kind not only as preachers, but also in the trenches of the global climate change movement?  Members of the grey generations are often bold, skilled, experienced, financially independent, and in most cases, are very active and sensitive to social inequity. As the old saying goes: the funeral shroud has no pockets. It is in their best interest to be part of this movement.

Don’t think social media is just intended for youth either. The fastest growing age groups on social media are people over 65. The percentage of individuals over 65 who say they use social media has more than tripled from just 13% in 2009 to 43% in 2013. Furthermore, 60% of baby boomers in the 50 to 64 age group are using social networks to communicate. These people are avid social advocates with the time, flexibility and money to enjoy the latest gadgets.
 
As a sociologist, I passionately and continuously pass on the message of climate change and its threat to my students each semester. However, I have started to be a bit confused and even frustrated that I keep passing additional responsibility to generations Y and Z and fail to address the communication gap between them and generation X. I struggled in this state of intellectual uncertainty for a while until I came across an article from the American Society on Aging written by Michael Smyer and Jim Gilmartin entitled: Graying Green: Climate Communication for an Aging WorldAfter reading the article, I immediately understood that there are others who wonder about the same issue and think similarly. Through it, I was able to connect the dots to my many questions. Smyer and Gilmartin are seasoned researchers and advocates. Smyer is a psychologist and the Provost at Bucknell University who has spent his career focused on aging.  He is the founder of Graying Green, an effort to engage increasing numbers of older adults in climate action. Gilmartin has spent his career in marketing and is the founder of Coming of Age a firm that focuses on marketing to older adults. Together, they led a session on Graying Green.
 
In this article, both Smyer and Gilmartin take a closer look at one of the milestones, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, Hot, Flat & Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America written by Thomas L. Friedman. Apparently, Friedman overlooked his own generation in his call for Geo-Greenism, with the first Green President and a Green New Deal, spurred by the Greenest Generation.
 

Distribution of Age, 1950, 2010, 2050
The next twenty years will be a critical period for climate action.  But the coming years will also be a period of accelerated population aging for the world. We have long known that ours is an aging world, with the percentage of the world’s population over age 65 predicted to rise to almost 16% by 2050. In developed countries, older adults vote disproportionately more than other age groups.  In traditional societies, they are often turned to as thought leaders and sources of counsel and sage advice.  In short, they “punch above their weight class” and can have a disproportionate impact on public officials and public policy.
 
What has been less apparent until recently, however, is that many developing countries - the very countries that struggle with balancing economic development and ecological sustainability –are also coping with a rapidly aging population. Many of the developed nations experienced population aging over many decades, giving them time to prepare the social, economic and healthcare infrastructure needed to respond to older adults’ changing needs. But in many developing countries- notably China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey – there is now the concern of accelerated aging in their populations.
 

To put it another way, aging is a growth field, with the highest rate of population growth among those 65 and over.

Percentage change in populatinAlthough some have begun to analyze the impact of an aging population on climate conditions (e.g., O’Neill, Jiang & Gerland, 2015), few have focused attention on the climate knowledge and actions of older adults.  However, recent research from Stanford, the NY Times, and Resources for the Future reported age differences in assessing how important Global Warming will be for the US.
 
The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) takes a similar approach.  Their surveys have documented that the majority of Americans now acknowledge climate change.  In addition, the YPCCC and their colleagues at George Mason have focused attention on age differences in thought and willingness to take action on global warming.
 
Most of my Friends are trying to act in ways that reduce Global Warming

This data suggests that older adults could be important allies in responding to climate change. Why focus some of our attention and efforts on reaching older adults?
Three good reasons: they are political and thought leaders; developmentally, they are primed to think about legacy issues and future generations; and today’s younger generations turn to them for advice.
 
Because of their own lifetimes, older adults are primed to think about future generations and legacy issues. Laura Carstensen of the Stanford Center on Longevity has said that aging brings a shift in sense of timing: a focus on time left to live. At the same time, Erik Erikson suggested that later life is a time naturally focused on giving back to your own offspring (insert grandchildren’s names and pictures here!) and future generations. Current younger generations today report that family members - parents and grandparents - are important sources of information and advice. For all of these reasons, we cannot afford to overlook older adults and their potential to contribute to climate communications and climate solutions.
 
Smyer’s and Gilmartin’s argument is simple and compelling and we need to bring it into the discussion tables at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris during the COP 21 in December. It’s time for climate scientists and climate communicators to target older adults for some of their findings and action steps. A good starting point would be to ask three basic questions: How do age and cohort affect climate belief? How do age and cohort affect the effectiveness of climate communication? How do age and cohort affect actions in response to climate change? Undoubtedly, these should be part of the discussions in Paris. It will be hard to achieve a final climate consensus without full engagement and support of those present who represent 16 percent of our global population. The power of Graying Green should be harnessed besides being heard loud and clear: “Nihil de nobis, sine nobis.”“Nothing About Us Without Us!” We should tackle climate change in an “all hands on deck“ style in order to save and preserve our planet Earth, and in doing so be responsible and vigorous stewards. 


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Photograph of elderly man in Bhutan by Curt Carnemark via World Bank Photo Collection
Graphs 1 and 2 based on United Nations World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision from Pew Research
Graph 3 based on finding from Yale Project on Climate Communication/George Mason

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Submitted by Kathleen Schomaker on

The emerging Gray-Green Movement requires dedicated community organizing and consciousness raising among older adults. The ground-breaking article by Smyer and Gilmartin was a welcome call to action, as is this post. Additionally, Robert E. Lane, retired professor of political science from Yale University and a lifelong activist, founded the non-profit Gray Is Green (http://grayisgreen.org) to work at the intersection of the longevity revolution and the challenge of the North American response to global climate damage--via a periodic newsletter, an active Facebook page for content updates (https://www.facebook.com/grayisgreen), and a forthcoming Curriculum for Gray-Green Living.

As this post by Leszek Sibilski asserts, there are key reasons for engaging followers of these leaders into this effort: " Members of the grey generations are often bold, skilled, experienced, financially independent, and in most cases, are very active and sensitive to social inequity. As the old saying goes: the funeral shroud has no pockets. It is in their best interest to be part of this movement."

Gray Is Green works in partnership both with organizations dedicated to climate literacy and advocacy and with groups interested in re-creating a culture of authentic eldership in our society. While we witness a dedicated subset of older adults in the US who actively embrace a climate advocacy agenda, we have work to do to get a "tipping point" among these generations. Honored to serve as Executive Director of Gray Is Green, I am humbled by the magnitude of the challenge and heartened by the growing network of colleagues, collaborators and allies in this work who are, in the words of Rainer Maria Rilke, "serving Earth lest we remain unused."

Submitted by Leszek Sibilski on

“It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation.”, said Pope Francis today during his speech at The White House calling for urgent action on ‪#‎climatechange‬. ‪#‎PopeinDC‬

Submitted by bill mckibben on

This is a completely fascinating article, but in truth I don't belong on your list of great leaders, given that I'm only 54. But hoping to learn more as I age!

Submitted by Leszek Sibilski on

I am honored that you had time to read my article. The age mishap came from being under tremendous impression of your wisdom, mentorship, achievements, and leadership. Btw, I am a big fan of yours!

Submitted by Ethan Hoffman on

I found this to be an intriguing article as I was unaware of the Graying-Green movement prior to reading this article. I do believe that the older generations are a place for young adults to go to for advice, so they should be used as a bridge to get ideas about how to help climate change ideas from businesses to the younger generations. I also found it amazing how the older generations in Siberia were able to notice the change well before any research about global warming was conducted; just goes to show that people who really know their surroundings are in tune to change, and can even see it coming beforehand. I believe that once the information about the environment does trickle down to the young adults, we need to urge the parents to get on board as well since they may very well listen to their children! It's be morally wrong to skip a generation when trying to solve a global issue, and these parents themselves will one day become the adults that the future younger generations go to when they need advice! The Graying-Green affect is a powerful movement, and we as people must listen to our older generation and head their advice before the effects of global warming become irreversible. The time to change is now, but the wisdom driving this change is coming from yesterday so that we may have a better today, and a even better tomorrow.

Submitted by Naomi on

“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” ― Anonymous Greek Proverb
As I age I become increasingly aware of what kind of world my generation will leave for our children and their children. I find this article's recommendation to focus climate change messaging on older people convincing. Older people have a different sense of time than younger people and may be more able to value long term consequences of present actions.

Submitted by Isis Olivas (Parents) on

I certainly agree with this article. You can certainly tell the difference of where information is geared toward when it comes to environmental factors, such as going green. My children are always reminded by schools institutions and the media such as [children networks] that we need to plant trees, conserve water, shutting of electricity and recycling paper everyday. Whereas, I as an adult am not contsently reminded to do such things.
Many public schools and colleges now are focusing in going green On every level, whereas the jobs that I have doesn't even take recycling seriously (and we use TONS of paper).
I do believe that it is impreitive that older generations should be educated and targeted with environmental information that such as kids are. Personally the changes that we've made in our household have been influenced by my children. It would be interesting to see the changes in our country if our generations and even older generation took environmental issues more seriously.

Submitted by Jermaine Fabay on

I strongly agree with your advocacy to reach out older people on the climate change issue. The older people are taken more seriously when they tackle about something. They are naturally leaders, and with their experiences they gain wisdom that they can pass to the next generation. There is saying in Theological world "do what you preach" and I guess it will be more effective for the younger generation to see that those people who lectured them are also doing it. In doing so, youth will be more engage in such issue because those whom they looked up to are implementing it with their own strength. I guess there will be more fun in the field when older and younger generations are working together towards the same goal. I deeply appreciate to know that you guys care for the future generation.

Emma (Jermaine's mother):
I'm younger than those age bracket that you mentioned who uses latest technology yet I'm not into that, maybe because I'm busy working to earn for my family. But I agree with you, when you stated to involve older people in climate change advocacy. In my simple ways I'm teaching my family members to take care of the environment. And I make sure that they are able to see me doing what I've been telling them. May your advocacy be the advocacy of everyone.

Submitted by cornelius smith on

The article presents the issue of climate change and shows how people are affected by it. The article shows what people think about global warming and how it varies depending on the age group. The fact that the "baby boomers" generation and the silent generation should use there skills to improve the earths current state. The graphs titled "My friends are trying to act in ways that reduce global warming" shows that all ages of people want to do better when it comes to earths well being.The message of the article is that its not up to the new generation to fix the earths climate issues but for everyone to be involved. I agree with what is being said that as a people we are capable of causing a positive change to help the earth. Ultimately, we humans only have one home and that's earth so we need to do everything we can to keep it for longevity.

Submitted by aminata carter on

I agree with this . The climate change is a serious problem for the future generation. it's be morally wrong to skip a generation when trying solve a global issue, and parents will one day become the adult that the future generation go to need their advice on how to solve the problem. i read this to my mother and she believed that this is a major issue being in a older generation. The message of the article is that it is not up to the young generation to fix the problem but this climate change issues involved everyone in order to solve this problem.

Submitted by Alejandra on

Spread the word!
I couldn't agree more with the article about climate change, It is definitely in need of action, not only children but adults too. I have realized people have destroyed this world and how we are paying the price. Global warming is slowly increasing and we are just now taking action just a couple years ago. I remember seeing recycling bins in a classroom when I was in the 5th grade, until this day I still see the lack of recycling around my area. Its crucial to spread the word to children and adults as well. They must understand what is happening around the world and how we are killing animals and our beauty of nature, or else our future children will miss the opportunities of the beauty of what the world has to offer. We must understand the important of our Erath and protect it. Now we are developing a project called GlobalGoals, one of the goals is climate change hopefully by 2030 we will achive this goal!

Submitted by Johel Encarnacion on

I agree with the article about climate change. It is a big issue in today's society. Older people should be more aware of this as well. However, everyone needs to be involved with trying to make the earth better. That way the next generation will be in better hands.

Submitted by Michelle C on

This article brings up an important message to everybody on the topic of climate change, everyone is affected and so everyone should work together. The article talks about how older generation and baby boomers are preaching about how climate change will affect the world to the younger and new generation, but instead of preaching, both generations should work out a solution. I agree with the message of the article, because we are already seeing the damage and effects climate change has brought about to the planet, and we need to find a way to slow it down or eradicate it completely. The article also introduces social media and how it can help, how more people over 65 years of age are using social media. I believe since the older generation have a bit more leisure time, they can use social media to help spread information and share with their families and younger generation about the imminent attack from climate change. Reading this article reminds me and many others that climate change is a real thing and that it affects not only everyone on the planet, but the ecosystem and all the living organisms that live in it, shouldn't we do something to combat the climate change and change it for the better?

Submitted by Adam Jordan on

The blog is very straightforward. The younger generation is tryin to work with the older generation about the climate change. The older generation is worried about the climate change. The older generation is vasted to find solutions. The younger Generation is working hard to find solutions. Researches feel that the older generation would be vested to find solutions. Overall all, This article has a goal and the goal will be reached and achieved by 2030

Submitted by Vivian on

All generations have to come together to fight climate change, since it will affect everyone globally. Expanding outreach efforts to include sections of the population that have been neglected is an important part of reaching that goal. But in addition to raising awareness it's important to catalyze actions. The adult population can be an excellent target for this outreach. They have the resources, skills, and experience to take action effectively. Social media will and has become an important outlet through which all generations can help each other to become more aware of climate change. This is a job for everyone to make the world better for the next generation.

Submitted by Alisha K on

I think as a human, no matter what generation we come form we are obligated to help and take care of our mother earth. I think it wrong to skip a generation and let the future generation handle such a global issue. We can't procrastinate and wait for tomorrow to come to solve this issue. We have to act now. Many living things such as plants, animals, humans and our whole eco systems are at risk and in danger. No matter what age group a person comes from or how old a person is, a little change can help our planet and make a huge difference. My ceramic teacher once told me that, "A water fall starts with one drop of water." We have to be that one drop of water to help our earth. We can't blame a generation for not acting upon an issue. Dwelling in the past in not going to help anyone. What's done is done. Right now, we have to think about "How can we fix this problem?" "What can we do to save our sick planet?" That's our main focus at this moment. In this digital world, we should all unite and hear each others opinion and try to find a solution to this growing problem.

Submitted by Carolina Montoya on

The climate change is a issue that involves each human in the entire world. We can share our knowledge between generations and try to find a great solution. We have to make a mix between how older people learn and how they share their knowledge, how they made viral certain topics, maybe they will feel comfortable without have to use the technology. At the same time, new generations should learn from the past generations and let know the world that if we work together no matter how old we are, we all can find the way to build a better future for all of us and the next generations

Submitted by Helena Nielsen on

I strongly agree with this article that climate change is a very important thing to focus on. I believe that the older we get the more we learn about or environment and how important it is. As we age that comes along with more wisdom which allows us to have a greater impact on how to change and help our environment so that it can become a better and greener place. More and more people at the age of 60 and older are starting to use technology. With this they can communicate which can be a big factor and way to pass on the message to help the environment. I do believe that social media is a major factor in aging population and it is important to be brought more and more into the developing countries. After asking my dad to read this article and asking what he thought he strongly agreed with this article and agrees that the aging population is very important to the environment. The more they know the more they can teach the kids and people who are younger which can allow them to gain more knowledge which will continue to expand and allow for even more knowledge when they are that age.

Submitted by Eve on

Often when a person comes to age, society seems to neglect them on societal issues and only embark on taking care of them. Older adults however, are an intelligent group and very influential in our communities. They care about the next generation, their familiesite so they would like their children to live in good environments. My uncle owns a Toyota pruis and is working on reducing his carbon footprint because she cares about the environment. As societies change, climate changes too surprisingly because of technology. Therefore not only do young people need to be educated about climate change, but older adults should also be included so that everyone takes part in protecting the environment.

Submitted by Micahel G. on

I believe that society does need to focus more on climate change. Recycling will definitely be beneficial for the future generations to come. The only downside to this is that not everybody is involved with trying to make the world a better. I think the best way to get more people to focus on climate change is to have more days/weeks throughout the year dedicated to recycling. Another thing that could help is to have more recycling bins in public places instead of just having a trash bin. Recycling is something that needs to happen, and luckily, this generation is making it a bigger and better thing. Hopefully, the future will be better and brighter than it is now.

Submitted by Gian C on

"Climate change does not respect border; it does not respect who you are - rich and poor, small and big. Therefore, this is what we call 'global challenges,' which require global solidarity." - Ban Ki-moon
Climate change is everybody's business, it doesn't matter where you stand in society, it starts with a single act. I'm pretty positive that I have experienced climate change looking at the weather from last year. I didn't think we experienced fall last year as it went straight to winter and spring felt like summer. This is only one indication of climate change and there's more such as the melting of the ice caps. A perfect culprit for climate change is pollution, I'm not only talking about air pollution but also growing population. China along with some other countries is one of the countries that not only top the charts in air pollution but also in population growth. Are we doing something to make this earth better again? I would say yes but we may be too late.In the US alone we just recently invented solar panels as a way to power our communities. We might be late into action but any simple act such as recycling will make a change, we also need to return what we get from the environment such planting trees to replace the ones we took. We as a generation needs to push harder to combat climate change. A better earth for future generations!

Submitted by Kola on

I agree with this topic, climate change is a big challenge to this generation and possibly could be a bigger threat in the coming years. lot of natural happenings has happened in an un natural ways, this has pose a loss of life and properties in the environment . There is no longer a wait time before action could be taken. It is now we need to get all environmental acts together to save the better future and beautiful nature.

Submitted by Melanie Lee on

I agree with this article on numerous levels. We need to take action! Day by day we are damaging our planet without giving it a thought. Sometimes we think "oh, this little bottle that in not recycling won't be a big difference". BUT it will because thousands of other people think this too. It's not just with recycling, but our environment. Big corporations are tearing down rainforests after rainforests. We won't have any rainforests left! Once we are left with a few is when we'll realize we need to stop and it'll be hard then. We are constantly cutting down more trees than we can plant. It takes months for a tree to grow where only a few hours to cut. Not only do we need to teach the younger generations this, but help inspire the older generations because they can take action now.

Submitted by Stephen Hahm on

Climate change is a big issue. Everyone should be aware of this problem. We should all work together to try to solve this peoblem. It is a great idea to talk to our elders and ask them how they think we should solve this issue. After all they have lived longer than us so they will have more efficient ideas than us in a lot of ways. However, with improvement in our world, their ideas may be outdated. We should all find a solution now before it's too late. If we start changing day by day, even though it may take some time to fully solve climate change issues, it will be a lot better than it was the day before. Changing now can have a major impact not only on us but our future generation as well as other organisms in our world. Climate change is definitely one of the main issues that need to be solved.

Submitted by Carolina Montoya on

When I was talking whit my father about the climate change and all the campaigns that exist around the world, he told me that he is aware about the changes that we have to do, that is doing the basic like recycling and save some water during the shower. The problem is that my father is not active on the social media. He has not Facebook nor Twitter, so is very difficult for him to know about many projects and campaign that are working for saving the world. Now that I told him many ways to spread some many ideas he is going to try to be more connected in order to learn more

Submitted by Sebastian Baron on

A problem of perception
I've been always curious about the common message that "young will be the future of the world". People keep repeating that without doing any effort to contribute in the building of new ways of living. I was talking with my uncle, which is 22 years older than me (I'm 27), and he gave to me the same speech about the future and the youth. I started to understand that many people won't make any change right now nor the next 20 years, basically because they will wait for the youngs become adults and started to make changes. Unfortunately this won't happen if adults at these days don't contribute with any change. If we want a future for next generations, we must act right now.

Submitted by Guisbelle Mejia on

Sharing this article with my father made us realize that climate change is a serious topic all around us. I believe that our parents from this generation and especially Hispanic parents base their knowledge on just the news, they do not invest their time to take on social media because maybe they believe it's only for the youth but there is a lot that can be taken from social media. Also, when they watch the news it's either a channel for just Hispanics or even more specific on just their country which doesn't allow them to realize what is actually happening in the United States. As a family I know that recycling is encouraged and it's also our responsibility to teach my younger sisters how to take care of our earth. As the youthful generation it's our job to keep those older around us updated on how to keep our earth green and safe.

Submitted by Djeye Lumbuku on

I believe that we should value what we have take care of what we have. Climate change impacts everyone. I believe that making sure we have a safe environment for the future generations is only fair. Coming from a foreign background this isn't emphasized and they don't understand the significance of recycling. My parents read this article and believe we as a family should make changes on how we should take care of the world we inhabit.

Submitted by COURTNEY KASPRZYK on

My mother and i found that the article was interesting as well as concerning. People of all ages and ethnicity should get involved with environmental issues. We should all fear the burden of addressing climate change. Young people could certainly learn from the older generatioms and their experiences with the enviornment. Social media is just one way for the older and younger generations to advocate for our world. More climate change activists need to be born. The idea is still taboo to most of the blind world. Each person who calls this planet their home should be consciously aware of what issues our enviorment is facing and how they can help or reduce our human impact.

Submitted by Jen Miao on

Though it isn't the first topic on my mind, when reading this with my parents, it puts a lot into perspective. Climate change is a topic that needs to be more prominent these days, especially with media, where sharing and spreading information is becoming more and more accessible. My parents always encourage me to recycle and I was annoyed at how persistent they were but now, taking all in view, it's not just my parent's responsibility anymore. It's also mine to help my generation and the future ones.

Submitted by TinasheG on

After I read this article with my mother she told me how climate change was not talked about when she was in school. She told me that it was something that was looked at as a future problem. We both agree that global warming is important and needs to be addressed immediately. Some people view climate change as a futuristic problem and others are unsure about the science. It's important that people know the risks of not taking action.Coastal areas around the world are now facing increasing dangers from rising sea levels and storm surges while cities are increasingly vulnerable to drought and other places will be damaged by flooding from the large storms. These are just some of The consequences of climate change and they all require that society plans and prepares for them.

Submitted by Shan L. on

Thank you Professor Sibilski for posting this article. I agree with your thoughts on global warming. We should take an cation now to slow down global warning. We all live in an aging world, the elder are very effective and passionate about climate change. They should be our role model for advice to build a better world. Everybody should be involved in climate change, no matter what age group they are. Just something little as recycling can be a huge step in the long run. The world is in our hands, keep it safe.

Submitted by Nav on

Climate change is a serious issue that people often overlook for means of profit or saving time. Everyone needs to realize that it is everyone's responsibility to work to make the earth a better place. It is incredibly selfish to compromise the earth's health for one's own needs. This article is especially important because this issue just has to be spread. It must be commonly recognized that saving the earth is top priority. Climate change and pollution has been recognized as a huge problem for a long time now, however people don't completely grasp the implications of the consequences. Global warming also contributes to the extinction of many organisms that are only able to survive in very specific conditions. It is depressing that people don't realize that humans are on the earth to co exist with our environment, not to destroy it.

Submitted by Mary Balanc on

I strongly agree with this article because climate change is a serious issue. People need to understand the severity of this issue and really begin to take action to solve it. This can be done in many different ways. Taking shorter showers, always recycling, encouraging others to consistently recycle, turning off the lights when you leave a room, turning off any unnecessary electronics, etc. Many people don't take climate change seriously, but they need to. This is our planet and mainly the older generation destroyed it. However, we, as the new generation, can help to restore it.

Submitted by Julienne Peña on

I find it fascinating that the fastest growing age groups on social media are people over 65. Not to mention the percentage of individuals over 65 who say they use social media has more than tripled from just 13% in 2009 to 43% in 2013. I had no idea that teens weren't the main ones using social media! This article is very informal and has taught me a lot. I'm glad that they are doing a lot to help our dangerous climate change. Although more young folks should get involved, we are making good progress. I'm very thankful that we have people working on this issue because it is a very important one.

Submitted by Arghavan Gilanshah on

Global warming is a serious issue for next generation. Climate change is causing by all people around the world, no matter of age or ethnic. All individuals have to consider environment's issues seriously and help to decrease these issues and the risk of not having a healthy environment for next generations. Some individuals want to help with this issue but they think it is not helpful because many other individuals do not help or not care about these problems and considering them as something unimportant. However, even one act is counted and it will make a big difference. People need to take these issues seriously because they are the one who causing these problems by making so much pollution. All of us need to act today to save our planet for the next generations. We need to make the earth a better place to live. Stop thinking negatively that your action doesn't matter, it does so stop thinking and start acting today before it gets late.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I found this such a compelling article and I completely agree with it. Global warming is one of the biggest issues we are facing and something should be don't before it affects future generations as well. I think we should educate more people on it so we can make this just not a personal issue but social. Social media is so big nowadays that it should be used to cause awareness instead of irrelevant things.

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