Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Young People Getting Behind Global Warming

As I've discussed previously, global warming is a very critical issue for young people, perhaps the most critical. A survey of 8th graders conducted by Ipsos at the request of Avaaz and discussed here and here:

Key results from the Avaaz/Ipsos poll of 8th graders:
  • Nine in ten (90%) eighth graders agree that climate change is real and human activity significantly contributes to climate change
  • 87% say driving cars and other things that use gasoline is seen as contributing to climate change
  • 72% say the same of chopping down trees which consume carbon dioxide
  • 56% see the process of creating electricity for our lights from fossil fuels as contributing to climate change
Moreover, happening today,

a group of students from across the country are in Washington to challenge their GOP Senators, including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, to take an elementary school level climate science quiz.