Baby Boomer Carbon Footprint
Baby boomers are the new target of choice when it comes to pointing the finger of blame at who has the largest carbon footprint. Researchers are now trying to narrow down which age group in the United States has the most carbon dioxide emissions, and they have pretty much settled on baby boomers. Why? Well, because we make more money, and that apparently means that we are more likely to travel. Okay, I’ll give you that one. But we are also the ones buying hybrid and electric cars, and supporting renewable energy technology, such as wind and solar power. At the same time, many baby boomers were the “original” environmentalists, and remain far more progressive on environmental issues than the generation ahead of them. We also tend to recycle more than our parents generation, and even most twenty somethings. In fact, a report last year stated that today’s young people are less interested in the environment than baby boomers were when they were young. We can remember all too well the 1971 television ad that featured actor Iron Eyes Cody with tears running down his face as trash, launched from a passing car, landed at his feet. And we’ve been trying to correct that vision ever since.