Not So Green

March 15, 2012 - 4:15 AM
In this April 18, 2011 file photo, Chris Bowser of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, left, checks a net for American eels with Kingston High School students on the Black Creek in West Park, N.Y. They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today's young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources - and often less civic-minded overall - than their elders were when they were young. The findings go against the widespread belief that environmental issues have hit home with today's young adults, known as Millennials, who have grown up amid climate change discussion and the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Even the researchers who did the analysis didn't expect to find that. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)