When millennials go green
WHEN you’re born in an era where social media almost seeps through an individual or societal’s nook and cranny, may it be your personal life or public, and when posting and curating your multiple social media platforms are more important than establishing an upclose interaction with your friends and family, chances are, you fall right under the category of the new generation – millennials.
Millennials are often looked down upon by the multitude prejudiced perceptions by earlier generations. Everyone thinks they have his or her fingers on the pulse of who Millennials are, but very few people have an actual working knowledge of this dynamic generation. They have heard it all; complacent, lazy, spoiled, Happy – Go – Lucky, vain and a personal favorite – entitled. What’s more is they are being overly scoffed at just by consuming way too much caffeine or always lounging in café’s and bars indulging in either boozy brunches or eating heavily-avocado-laden-everything food. Let’s not even start with Uber. Just because Uber was conceived during the time of the Millennials does not equate their guilt to its inception. Why, because millennials tend to forego public transportation in favor of Uber? Who could blame them? Have you seen the state of our public transportation nowadays?
While it may be true to some degree and may apply to a percentage of millennial’s population, these behaviors should never become a sweeping statement in defining this naive generation & apparently, the hope of our future. In fact, millennials are a generation of innovators and critical thinkers, tasked with unraveling complex challenges and problems previous generations have never had to struggle with during their younger days. Fundamental to these problems is the looming and insidious, heavily debated climate change.
In a study conducted by the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers in 2017, Millennials highlighted that the most important global challenge of our time is Climate Change and the
Destruction of Nature. According to the survey, nearly half (48.8%) of the survey participants chose climate change as their top concern, and 78.1% said they would be willing to change their lifestyle to protect the environment.
What used to be easily dismissed as nothing but a hoax and government propaganda to further manipulate people, is now a multibillion dollar research and development scientific frontier aimed at mitigating the steadily increasing cause and effects of Global Climate Change.
We are talking about sea level rise up to 6 feet by the year 2100 as the majority of scientists will concur. Small islands vanishing from the world map as soon as they have been swallowed up by the sea, below sea level cities and urban areas will be flooded with seawater as a result of a steady escalation of global temperature, which in turn will melt polar ice caps and glaciers. Millions and millions of people will be displaced from their homes, with billions of properties destroyed, and et voilà, a global refugee crisis on an unparalleled scale is born. In the Philippines alone, low lying land masses could be uninhabitable in the next 50 years.
In a study co-produced by the Asian Development Bank and Potsdam I nstitute for Climate Impact Research titled “A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific ”,7 Philippine cities were cited as a high risk for a 1-meter sealevel rise. The Philippine cities cited were Manila, Taguig, Caloocan, Davao, Butuan, Malabon, and Iloilo.
The climate-related challenges millennial generation will face are unsettling at best and will require a massive effort and innovative measure stoat least alleviate if not hinder. Furthermore, despite the dire state of the world today — and the stereotype that millennials are selfish and apathetic — the generation aged 18 to 35 cares deeply about global issues, and they’re determined to tackle them, according to the survey of World Economic Forum’ s Global Shapers in 2017.
Millennials are aggressively questioning conventional institutions, conglomerates, oligarchs and power structures that have failed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, millennials are tackling the issues they best know how – technology. In doing so, they use innovative platforms, such as social media, to mobilize efforts at preserving a livable environment for future generations.
While there is still quite plenty of room for growth in the acceptance of environmentally suitable policies amongst some of the millennial population, all signs seem to suggest they are rene wing the way they interact with our planet.