They have a rep­u­ta­tion for being envi­ron­men­tally minded do-​​gooders. But an aca­d­emic analysis of sur­veys span­ning more than 40 years has found that today’s young Amer­i­cans are less inter­ested in the envi­ron­ment and in con­serving resources -€” and often less civic-​​minded overall — than their elders were when they were young.

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