|We’ve been called out: Millennials are not environmentalists. A new Pew Research Center report says that only 32 percent of people born after 1980 identify themselves as such—versus 42 percent of people born between 1965 and 1980, or even 44 percent of those born after 1945. But, as someone born in 1988, I find it hard to believe any of those numbers actually matter.
And look at what’s actually happening. Millennials are far less likely to own a car, or to even make that a priority. Instead, we tend to opt forpublic transit, biking, or car sharing. While millennials don’t identify as vegetarians, either, we actually trend towards eating less meat—and we value the eating experience, which means that, though we tend to make less for our work (or sometimes nothing at all), a lot of us are still willing to spend a little more to go organic and local. Heck, even the fact that so many of us still live at home, or choose to live in shared houses or dorms rather than getting a place of our own, translates to a more efficient use of household water, electricity, and gas.
Which isn’t to say that millennials are making these choices exactly for the purpose of being green. We do it because it makes sense: Green living is more affordable, more enjoyable, and thus perhaps makes us more able to deal with the messes we’ve been left with. But, as long as things are starting to change, does it really matter what the motivation is? […]
Not that I’m not trying to give my generation a gold star for having it all figured out. We can, and hopefully will, do a lot more. But the fact we don’t identify as environmentalists doesn’t mean that we pour motor oil into the ocean for kicks. Just like, according to the same Pew report, while only 27 percent of us actively identify as Democrats, 60 percent of us voted for Obama in 2012. In fact, only half of millennials choose to identify with a political party at all—but that doesn’t mean we vote any less.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2012—Mitt Romney: Regulators should see businesses as 'friends,' like in China:
|Mitt Romney doesn't just think corporations are people. He wants corporate people to have friends, and if he was president, there's one group he'd order to be friends with corporate people:
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