Generation X may be squarely in the crosshairs of global warming but a great many of them just don't care. A survey conducted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research found just 5% of American Gen X'ers, born 1961 to 1981, claimed to be "alarmed" over global warming. 66% of respondents said they weren't sure global warming was even happening. Another 10% don't believe it at all. Overall, just less than a quarter said they were alarmed or concerned.
“Most Generation Xers are surprisingly disengaged, dismissive or doubtful about whether global climate change is happening and they don’t spend much time worrying about it,” said Jon D. Miller, author of “The Generation X Report.” (Read and download the full report.)
“We found a small but statistically significant decline between 2009 and 2011 in the level of attention and concern Generation X adults expressed about climate change,” Miller said. “In 2009, about 22 percent said they followed the issue of climate change very or moderately closely. In 2011, only 16 percent said they did so.”
The study certainly conforms to my own experience of Canadian Gen X'ers. Even young professionals often seem "disengaged, dismissive or doubtful" about global warming and disinclined to learn about climate change even when that information is at their fingertips.
They don't care, for now. They will, soon enough.