Generational conflict over climate crisis is a myth, UK study finds

Generational conflict over climate crisis is a myth, UK study finds

Research disproves perception young people want to save planet while older people do not care

A fake generational war over the climate crisis has distorted public thinking and political strategy, when in fact older generations are just as worried about the issue as younger people, according to new research.

The idea that young people are ecowarriors, battling against selfish older generations is a common trope in representations of the environment movement. It has been stoked by instances including Time magazine naming Greta Thunberg their person of the year in 2019, for being a “standard bearer in a generational battle”.

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