- Category: Politics
27 Jul 2012
- Published on Friday, 27 July 2012 11:38
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While few teens enjoy doing homework, a survey from Canon U.S.A., Inc. finds that when it comes to the environment a majority feel the need to go beyond the walls of a classroom to find out more. According to the survey, conducted online with 563 participants (14 to 18 year olds), teens believe that environmental issues will have an impact in their lives in the future and they want to know more about them. It should come as no surprise that 67 percent of the teens look to TV to receive information about the environment. Most of them feel that what's available at school doesn't cut it. Around 76 percent of them didn't feel that they had enough opportunities to learn about environmental conservation at school and only 56 percent report that their school classes are a source of information about environmental issues.
Because school isn't giving them enough, many turn towards outside sources of information. The survey found that older teens, from 16 to 18 year old, are more likely than younger ones to use their net savvy to seek out information on environmental issues in websites of blogs (49 percent vs. 39 percent). They also still turn to newspapers or magazines (47 percent vs. 32 percent). With what they know, around 75 percent of the teens surveyed believe that humans have a major impact on climate change. The top three environmental changes that they fear will impact their quality of life are poor air quality (66 percent), global warming (61 percent) and poor management of garbage (50 percent). Other areas of concern were de-forestation (52 percent), water shortages (51 percent), and not having enough energy available (47 percent.) It's not just information that teenagers are looking for outside the classroom, their also looking for ways they can do something. Though 63 percent of those surveyed don't believe kids their age are taking enough action to help solve current environmental problems, their full of ideas about what they personally are willing to do. A majority of those surveyed were willing to recycle (85 percent) and turn off unnecessary lights (85 percent). They are also willing to spend less time in the shower (57 percent) and volunteer to help clean up public areas (56 percent). Other ways they are willing to help were in lowing the usage of heat (49 percent), carpooling to school (49 percent), lowering their air con use (44 percent), taking public transportation to school (40 percent), ride a bike to school (33 percent), or lower their computer usage (28 percent). "It is very encouraging that students across the country have such a strong desire to learn more about the environment and assist in the development and implementation of sustainable practices," said Bunji Yano, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A. about the results of the survey. Commissioned by Canon U.S.A. and conducted online by Harris Interactive, the survey kicked of Canon's 25th Envirothon, a competition for students across the United States to test their knowledge on a variety of environmental issues. – K.R. Jalbuena