Calling all Seniors! There’s much in the world that needs our attention! As the climate changes and the extremes of weather and other consequences of global warming take place, we Seniors are likely to be affected along with everyone else, but maybe more so, as our aging bodies may not cope as well as the young ones’.
Learning how to care for ourselves under the effects of climate change will be our first priority. After that, we may wish to see how we can use our unique skillsets to help our planet to heal, so we can leave our future generations the green, diverse and bountiful world that we loved and took for granted when we were their age.
According to the World Health Organization, the aging population, 60+ has doubled worldwide since 1980, reaching 2 billion by 2015. Baby boomers, born between 1946 to 1964, now number around 65.2 million in the US. Those 60+ make up about 18% of the US population in 2010, and will be about 25% by 2050.
It is known that Seniors vote much more than the younger population. 71% of 64 to 75 year olds voted in the 2012 presidential election in the US, compared to 38% of 18 to 24 year olds. Politicians recognize that the “graying” population is a force to contend with. So, when we Seniors see what needs to be done, and stand up and speak out, we can effect changes.
Read the infographic above for more reasons why Seniors make great eco role models and leaders!
From Population Reference Bureau: http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/
From CNN’s interview with Michael Smyer, former provost and current professor of psychology at Bucknell University, also Founder of Graying Green: Climate Communication for an Aging World: http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/12/opinions/smyer-aging-and-climate-change/index.html