Skip to comments.Americans Least Green - And Don't Care
Posted on 07/16/2012 7:35:16 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
Americans are the the least likely to suffer from "green guilt" about their environmental impact, despite trailing the rest of the world in sustainable behavior, according to a new National Geographic survey.
This year's Greendex report, conducted by the National Geographic Society and the research consultancy GlobeScan, also found that Americans are the most confident that their individual actions can help the environment. (National Geographic News is a division of the Society.)
(How green are you? Find out with the Greendex calculator.)
"There's a disconnect there, and we hope the Greendex helps shed light on it," said Eric Whan, GlobeScan's director of sustainability.
"In our culture of consumption, we've sort of been indoctrinated to believe that we can buy ourselves out of environmental problems," said Whan, who's based in Toronto, Canada, another country ranked low in the survey.
This year Americans ranked last in sustainable behavior, as they have every year since 2008. Just 21 percent of Americans reported feeling guilty about the impact they have on the environment, among the lowest of those surveyed.
Yet they had the most faith in an individual's ability to protect the environment, at 47 percent.
Consumers in India, China, and Brazil led the pack, with Greendex scores in the high fifties. Paradoxically, many Indians, Chinese, and Brazilians reported feeling the most guilt about their environmental impact and had the least confidence that their individual actions can help the environment.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...
I suppose the Enviro police are going to come and get me - I only scored 30.
Way to go, America!!
China is the most fake green country, but the results speak for themselves. There is some sort of green propaganda on many of their products for internal consumption but people raised under Communism don’t buy into the propaganda any more than conservatives do.
Nice! 31 for me!
I just realized I haven't washed and waxed my SUV in a while. Perfect motivation.
I got a 34. Unlike hippies, if I need say, a tomato I could care less if it was grown in a local organic farm two miles away or two states away and had to guess on a few.
We are more restricted and pay more to satisfy arbitrary EPA regulations than any nation on earth, while our people are on food stamps and losing their homes. WTH?
Americans are not as easily manipulated by the citizens of the world as are people of other nations.
If we were overpopulated like India, we would be have to conserve resources more to survive. If the globalists get their way, we will be as overpopulated as India.
Right, and Madonna’s as pure as the driven snow.
I guess the NG staff has never visited Calcutta, or Manilla, or Davao, etc.
If people seriously worry about this crap they need psychological intervention.
Strange that 12a gives a higher score for preferring to replace products rather than fixing them.
They interpreted that wrong, as usual - it really means we don't think the guvmint can do anything but make things worse...
Least green means a scrap of freedom is left to us.
NatGeo is mad because everyone isn’t on their socialist bandwagon.
I use paper AND plastic, use 100 watt Edison Light/Heat bulbs and bought a 4 year old van that gets a little over 18 mpg. Because I only get about half the mileage of a new model T&C, I saved thousands. By getting what is now considered a gas hog, with the amount I drive, I figure it will take over ten years to catch up to my total cost of ownership if I had bought new based on fuel costs.
And, on the subject of formerly good magazines that have gone over to the darkside, did anybody catch the excrement that Popular Science ran a few months ago that totally drank the “global warming were all going to die” Koolaid?
I love carbon!!!
I makes for a great lifestyle!!!
Drill and refine ourselves into prosperity!
Greendex of 29, zero guilt. The page is dripping with self righteousness. God I hate “watermelons”.
The page will not load for me. Possibly a good thing.
Forty years ago, I figured out that “recycling” consumer products was just a fancy word to get me to stockpile garbage in my house.
I live in a rural area, cut down a lot of excessive growth and burn it every year. Must produce tons of CO2 every year. It has been cooling lately, and this is good for the environment.
I do my best to take a deer and an elk every year. Got a mountain lion a couple of years ago. Again this is good for the environment, and shooting a mountain lion is good for your family and the neighbors.
I learned about conservation and resource management in my teens.
Modern environmentalists are crazy...
The Obama Green program is Green from your pocket into his donors pocket. Carbon exchange relates to the ink and paper exchanged also.
The Siberian fires have contributed more to global warming in one SECOND than I will in my lifetime.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.