How different generations think about climate change

Two teens with "Save Earth" written on their cheeks chant.
Kat Barsten, 17, of St. Paul, and Jay Kampa of Cambridge, Minn. chant "metal straws are not enough," as they gather at Western Sculpture Park on Friday, September 20, 2019. The protestors marched from the St. Paul park to the Minnesota State Capitol to call for government action to fight climate change.
Christine T. Nguyen | MPR News

Even with scientific evidence closing the case on climate change, a divide on the issue continues along political lines. But that divide grows smaller in younger segments of the population.

Research indicates that the gap on this issue between millennial Republicans and Democrats has diminished and that there’s less political polarization on the topic. Meanwhile, discussion about climate change — and in some cases, the absence of such a discussion — is an issue on voters’ minds as the 2020 election approaches.

MPR News host Kerri Miller talks with a researcher and a conservative political executive about climate change communication in our communities and on both sides of the political aisle.


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