Baby Boomers: Part of the Problem
Have you read this: Baby Boomers are the worst for the climate. BY SARAH LASKOW for www.grist.org ?
Here are the details:
At what age does a person do the most damage to the climate? According to a new study, between about 45 and 80.
Starting at birth, a person’s carbon dioxide emissions sprint up and up and up, until they hit their peak at age 65. But by 80, a person’s emissions are down to 13.1 metric tons. That’s about the same amount of emissions they were creating at age 45.
Another way of looking at this is that as people get older (and, presumably, make more money) they just keep consuming more stuff. But then they retire and have less income to buy things. Also, they’re spending more of their income on health care.
What really could mitigate climate change is if everyone used less stuff. But we’re just going to blame the baby boomers for everything and have done with it.
Why do I bring this up now? Most of us “do the holidays” baby boomer style. But, we can put an end to that era. We can start anew.
Let’s look to the values and interests of older and younger generations. Maybe we can de-sugar coat and stop importing stuff in our attempt to generate the feeling of abundance and connection.
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