Three in four Americans think that climate change will eventually result in the extinction of the human race, according to new research.
A new survey of 2,000 Americans aimed to reveal how many “climate of fear” people have found that almost half of Americans think that climate change will lead to the end of the world in the next 200 years.
Not only that, but one in five millennials believe that climate change will lead to the end of the world in their life.
The study, carried out by OnePoll on behalf of The Recycling nership, found that the climate health is a big problem for the Americans, with 96 percent of the survey participants say that they are worried about climate change in a certain form.
More than half of Americans think they will see big changes in the world as a result of climate change in their lives, whether it’s the rise in sea level and regional climate by a few degrees Fahrenheit.
In fact, more than one in three Americans (34 percent) feel that they will eventually have to change and where they live is a direct result of climate change.
And it doesn’t matter how skeptical people seem to, six in 10 Americans say they would not consider buying a property somewhere climate change experts predict it will eventually be underwater due to climate change.
One in four Americans say that climate change is their greatest fear, with millennials more than twice as likely to say that.
The younger Americans are definitely more anxious than the older generations about the effects of climate change, on the basis of the results.
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One in five millennials even “strongly agree” that they don’t plan on having children, partly because they are afraid of the effect of climate change on future generations.
“But the debate continues about the science of climate change, consumers continue to carry fear and stress about how it will affect their future,” said Jeff Meyers, Chief Operating Officer for The Recycling nership. “More than ever, we need the next generation to lead the charge in reducing the potential impacts of climate change.”
So how important is it to millennials that climate change be addressed? Almost half (42 percent) would be a $10K annual pay cut if it meant they could live in a world without fossil fuels — but only 20 percent of Americans over the age of 39 could say the same.
And when it comes to who should assist with the funding of the fight against climate change, 85 percent of millennials think companies need to pony up and spend at least 1 percent of the profits to tackle climate change.
Individuals can also take meaningful action to combat climate change. More than 82 percent of millennials say services such as recycling to reduce climate change are valuable, and almost 90 percent say that they recycle at least some of the items that they buy that are recyclable.
This obligation is not without challenges, 35 percent say it is difficult to recycle, and 50 percent say that they would recycle more if they have a better access to recycling.
What motivates millennials? More than 85 percent said they want to find ways to have less waste and are inspired by seeing what products can be made from recyclable items.
“Millennials want to live in a world of less waste,” said Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling nership. “If that means the wearing of clothes made from recycled fibers, cycling to work or the purchase of products made from recyclable materials, they are more aware of the consequences for their individual actions and the actions of the companies have on the creation of a sustainable future. More than ever, we need highly valued public services, such as recycling, to drive the reduction of waste and lower our carbon footprint. So, what are we wasting? Our future depends on it.”
TOP 6 THINGS AMERICANS SHOULD DO TO LIVE IN A WASTE-FREE WORLD
- I would the use of recyclable bags at the grocery store 60 percent
- I would switch to reusable containers with 60 percent
- I would be willing to always be my favorite coffee in a reusable cup 47 percent
- I would have my package back to the store, 43 percent
- I would take-out forever 28 percent
- I would not watch season eight of the Game of Thrones 27 percent