by Paul Gallagher Published 01/12/2016
A recent feature in National Geographic posed the question about attracting more of the 'selfie generation' to the National Parks of the USA. Some of the statistics make alarming reading. In a country where a significant portion of people are climate change deniers (and this now includes their new president, the Orange Faced Grand Wizard *) they have found that only 1% of the visiting population are black and only 3% are asian. Within the remaining 95% of white people only 14% are Millenials the rest being made up of 39% Baby Boomers and 47% 'Other' by age. Compared with 2013, Baby Boomers are up by 15% but Millenials are down by 7%.
Overall then the national parks are failing to attract the younger generation and the numbers are falling. The Park Service are responding with the largest marketing campaign they have ever conducted. We wish them both luck and continuing survival against the ravages of the savages rolling into Washington. Trump does not look like somebody who would relish night under the stars, he might wake up with his hair messed up.
The Center for American Progress Action Fund found that there are 182 climate deniers in the current pre-2017 Congress: 144 in the House and 38 in the Senate. That means more than six in 10 Americans were represented by people who think that climate change is a big ‘ol liberal hoax. The latest figures are unlikely to be less depressing.
The Hill Survey found:
The research, conducted mostly before nearly 200 nations voted last month in Paris on an international climate accord, found that Democrats (63 percent) are much more likely than Republicans (18 percent) to see climate change as a very serious issue.
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