Published Online: April 3, 2012
Published in Print: April 4, 2012, as Youths Not as 'Green' As Americans Assume

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Youths Not as 'Green' As Americans Assume

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An academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources—and often less civic-minded overall—than their elders were when they were young.

The findings, from a studyRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology last month, go against the widespread belief that environmental issues have hit home with today's young adults, known as Millennials, who have grown up amid climate change discussion and the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle." The environment is often listed among top concerns of young voters.

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