Americans Don't Care That Much About the Environment
Jones, Jeffrey M. "In U.S., Concern About Environmental Threats Eases." In U.S., Concern About Environmental Threats Eases. Gallup, n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2015.
According to a poll given by The Gallup, Americans seem to care less about the environment than in the past decades. Every year, The Gallup surveys around 1000 adults to see how much they are concerned about the environment. In the 2015 survey, the greatest concern is about polluted drinking water and the least concern is about global warming. From the first survey conducted in 1989 to the latest one in 2015, the trend shows a decreased worry in all of the different environmental issues. Not including the year 1989, the highest concern for the environment was in between the years of 1998 and 2001 during the renewal of environmentalism. Also, the trends correspond with how the economy is doing that year; there seems to be more of a concern about the environment if the economy is healthy. Even with the downward trend, last year's survey showed that there was a renewed concern about environmental problems. The hope for this year was that the trend would start to go up again, but it only proved to be a temporary concern.
The main ethical issue is that there is not a growing concern for the environment, rather there is a declining concern. Instead of co-existing with the environment, we are destroying what God made. We are all apart of the environment and we need to take action in order to preserve it for the seventh generation. Also, there should be an equal concern for all the environmental issues present in our world. Without one environment, another will collapse: we are all interdependent on one another. A declining concern might lead to less support for policies about the environment. If we continue to care less and less about the environment, then, there will be no more environment to care about.
What environmental issue are you most and least concerned about? Why?