Sara Mills – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Why does Gen Z care so much about the environment?
Climate change and other environmental issues have piqued the interest of the younger generation.
Many believe it is due to Gen Z (Americans born since 1996) growing up with technology and having an open forum to talk about these issues.
LRHS senior Reva Gandhi said, “The earth has been harmed, trashed, and destroyed repeatedly over the centuries and as the upcoming generation, it is our responsibility to care for and pick up the pieces for our home.”
Most of Gen Z and many millennials believe that society has done too little to combat these environmental issues and have taken up the responsibilities of spreading awareness, educating communities, and pressuring governments to act.
Senior Ally Adamo said, “Our generation is doing many things to help combat environmental issues like climate change and pollution. Students are forming organizations in their local communities to work with their peers to raise awareness on these issues and gather to do beach and park cleanups.”
Adamo founded the Youth Environmental Action Committee of Manatee County (YEAC) in 2020 with the goal to spread awareness about climate change and environmental issues that affect the local community.
“People are also making changes in their lifestyles by choosing more sustainable choices like using reusable bottles, ditching the plastic straws, and opting for a plant-based diet. I think we are moving in a more positive direction in helping our planet for the better,” continued Adamo.
Other Gen Z members help on the more global scale.
Gen Z environmental activist Greta Thunberg has spoken to many audiences regarding climate change, including the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the European Parliament, as well as the legislatures of Italy, France, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
In Sept. 2019, she spoke at the United Nations (UN) Climate Event in New York City.
Thunberg is a prime example of what Gen Z has accomplished regarding the environment.
Along with larger worldwide issues, Gen Z also values the importance of caring about their local community.
For example, during the annual LRHS food drive 5,555 lbs of can food were collected which translates to 4,629.17 meals provided to the community.