Former secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is quite concerned about the environment and the not so bright future of our Earth. In a recent student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University, she told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, that the young generation is much more committed (and understand the need) to address issues like global warming and their effects on the planet.
Concerned about the quality of life for the generations to come, the potential 2016 presidential candidate said she is in favor for a “mass movement” that wants to address climate change by demanding political change, first.
Young vs Old, Democrats vs Republicans
In a March 6-8 survey conducted by Gallup, Americans picked (again) the environment over economic growth. While that may sound surprising, ever since May 2010 (remember the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico), Americans said the environment should be given more importance even at the risk of curbing economic growth, by a 50%-to-41% margin.
Another interesting aspect of the survey is that Democracts and Republicans are extremely divided in regards with the environment and the threats we’re being exposed to because of climate change. While both parties give higher priority to the environment prior to the economic recession, apparently two-thirds of the Democrats (Hilary Clinton’s party) favor the environment higher than economic growth, while only one-third of the Republicans believe there’s a real threat.
Americans aged 18 to 29 are most likely to be part of this “mass movement” for a better environment, while the older generation (65+) thinks economic growth is more important.
How about you? Would you favor the environment over economic growth? Leave a comment (and your age if possible) in the discussion section below.