Let's compare the Millennial Generation (ages 23-38) to the Silent Generation (ages 74-91) -- young people and their grandparents, roughly. According to a 2018 study by the Pew Research Center, two-thirds of Millennials agree that there's solid evidence of global warming caused by human activity, compared to only 40 percent of Silents who concur. Among Millennials, one-third declare positions of climate-change denial: that the world is not warming, or that it's warming but due to natural phenomena unrelated to the burning of fossil fuels. A whopping 56 percent of Silents, however, display climate-change denial. Altogether, that's quite a spread between grampa and grandson, a generation gap if you will.
Ignorant old folks, you might scoff. But how is scoffing going to help?
Politics, however, is just one way to understand seniors' often misguided attitudes on climate change. As I mentioned above, several profound and deeply personal issues appear to be at play, and it is in that realm that we may find the opportunity for education and outreach. Stay tuned.