Just in case you didn’t know it, today is Earth Day, where we are supposed to stop and realize all the damage we are doing to our planet and try and do our part to save it. Well, according to a new Harris Poll, it seems a lot of us are pretty concerned about our environment, but whether we’re doing anything about it is a whole other story.
The poll found that 93% of Americans care about the environment at least somewhat, with 72% claiming to care a lot or a little, and only 7% not caring at all.
But just because folks care, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re putting their money where their mouth is.
- In fact, the survey found that in the last 12 months, 65% of adults haven’t given any support to nonprofits or charities promoting environmental issues.
- Of the 35% who have supported such charities, 14% have donated money, 12% have advocated for an organization, 10% participated in an event and 8% have volunteered.
As for why there’s such a big disparity between caring and doing, it seems the environment isn’t the most important issue for many. Sadly, it falls behind all other major issues, with the exception of gender equality. Issues deemed more important than the environment include:
- access to clean water (88%)
- access to healthcare (85%)
- hunger and food waste (83%)
- ending poverty (80%)
- access to primary and secondary education (77%).
What, recycling my bottles isn’t doing enough?