Most Americans Believe Climate Change Will Cause 'Extinction of Humanity'
New poll shows 3 in 4 people think Climate Change will lead to the end of the human race
Three out of four Americans believe that Climate Change will eventually cause the extinction of humanity, according to the results of a new poll.
In a bid to find out how much “climate anxiety” people carry, a new survey of 2,000 people found that almost half of Americans think climate change will lead to the end of the world within the next 200 years.
The research also found that one in five millennials think the world will be destroyed by Climate Change in their own lifetime.
The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of The Recycling Partnership, found that most Americans are concerned about climate health, with 96 percent of those surveyed saying they’re worried about Climate Change in some form.
More than half of Americans believe they'll witness significant changes in the world due to Climate Change in their lifetime, either from sea levels rising or their regional climate increasing by a few degrees Fahrenheit.
In fact, over one in three Americans (34 percent) feel that Climate Change will have a direct impact on the way they live their lives.
And no matter how skeptical people may seem, six out of ten Americans say they wouldn't consider buying property in a location that climate scientists predict will eventually be underwater due to Climate Change.
According to Fox News, one in four Americans actually says climate change is their biggest fear, with millennials being more than twice as likely to say that.
Younger Americans are definitely more anxious than older generations about the effects of climate change, according to the results.
One in five millennials even "strongly agree" that they are not planning on having kids partly because they fear the effect Climate Change will have on future generations.
“Though debate continues about the science of climate change, consumers continue to carry anxiety and stress about how it will impact their future,” said Jeff Meyers, Chief Operating Officer for The Recycling Partnership.
“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 is addressed?
Nearly half (42 percent) would take a $10K annual pay cut if it meant they could live in a world without fossil fuels — only 20 percent of Americans over the age of 39 could say the same.
And when it comes to who should help fund the effort to fight climate change, 85 percent of millennials think corporations should pony up and spend at least 1 percent of profits to address climate change.
Individuals can also take meaningful action to fight climate change.
Over 82 percent of millennials say services — like recycling — that reduce climate change are valuable, and nearly 90 percent say they recycle at least some of the items they buy that are recyclable.
This commitment is not without challenges, as 35 percent say it is difficult to recycle and 50 percent say they would recycle more if they had better access to recycling.
What motivates millennials?
Over 85 percent said they want to find ways to create 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 Partnership.
“Whether that means wearing clothing made of recycled fiber, biking to work or purchasing products made of recyclable materials, they are more conscious of the impacts their individual actions and the actions of companies have on creating a sustainable future.
"More than ever, we need highly-valued public services, like recycling, to continue to drive waste reduction and lower our carbon footprint.
"So, what are we wasting for? Our future depends on it.”
TOP 6 THINGS AMERICANS WOULD DO TO LIVE IN A WASTE-FREE WORLD
- I would use recyclable bags at the supermarket 60 percent
- I would switch to reusable containers 60 percent
- I would be willing to always get my favorite coffee in a reusable cup 47 percent
- I would take my packaging back to stores 43 percent
- I would give up take-out forever 28 percent
- I wouldn't watch season eight of Game of Thrones 27 percent