Collin Parker

The environment is rapidly changing and I believe my generation can make a difference. The environmental movement began in the 1960’s and 1970’s but was nowhere near as big as it is now. This movement began with our parents’ generation and as a result, we grew up with those ideas and practices. Environmentalism has been etched into our brains since my generation was very young and we have a deep concern for our world’s safety as a result.

Everyone knows the phrase Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. All of these ideas are extremely important in order to limit the damage to our environment. My generation has been recycling our entire lives so that it is practically a habit to recycle plastics and glass. Also, there are aluminum can and plastic bottle recycling bins in school and I often see people in school reuse their plastic water bottles as well. At home we have always had a recycling bin, so we have always recycled.

According to many surveys, millennials are also more willing to spend more on products and services from companies that are more environmentally friendly. Many people of my generation are open to using clean energy like electric cars. My generation also is more likely to install some kind of green energy system, like solar power, and use more all-natural cleaning products. We see ourselves as the people who have the responsibility to make our world a better place. 

We are the generation that will shape the future of the environment. However, despite my generations care of the environment, many of us do not consider ourselves environmentalists. We do not require this title because we consider it normal to want environmental sustainability. The previous generations had to learn to be green, while we were raised to be green.