General
data trends

·        
The
youngest group (group 1) is the most active when it comes to recycling followed
by group 2, then group 3, then 4.

·        
Most
likely to use a reusable water bottle goes from youngest to oldest.

·        
Education
on recycling also follows the same youngest to oldest pattern.

·        
The
youngest group generally took showers the most but all groups were relatively
similar.

·        
Over
half of all people surveyed said they keep the water running while they brush
their teeth.

·        
The
youngest group generally didn’t have control over the air conditioning in their
house but the other groups were all similar in how moderate they felt their air
conditioning habits were.

·        
All
the groups used mostly hot water in their showers, more members of group 1 used
warm water than the others.

·        
Members
of groups 1 and 2 feel to have a greater understanding on how plastics affected
the environment than the other groups but generally all groups seemed to have
some education in this topic.

·        
All
groups feel they have a significantly less educated in how water usage affects
the environment.

·        
All
groups except for group 1 seem to have a poor understanding of how energy usage
within their home affects the environment.

·        
A
person’s motivation to make a lifestyle change seems to closely correlate with
their education and understanding of the topic of said change.

·        
Education
on all topics concerning environment awareness becomes greater with every generation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis/Conclusion

Are
the younger generations more informed about and taking more action towards
environmental conservation?

It
seems as though the younger generations are generally more informed on how
their actions affect the environment and thus are more motivated to take action
toward environmental conservation. The younger groups, groups 1 and 2, were
more likely to recycle and use a reusable water bottle instead of plastic ones.
They were also more informed about the general environmental consequences of
using plastics than the members in the older groups but all groups had a good
understanding of how plastics affect the environment. On the other hand, how
water usage affects the environment was generally unknown by most participants
and this directly affected their lifestyle. 20 out of the 39 people surveyed
said they don’t turn off the water while brushing their teeth, improving only
marginally with age. This can waste 4 gallons of water each time you brush your
teeth. Also, the youngest group took significantly more showers than the older
groups with half of the respondents under 20 years old saying they take showers
twice a day. Excluding the youngest group, (Because the majority do not control
the air conditioning in their home) younger participants generally think they
use their A/C within moderation, more so than the older participants. Most all the
participants said they shower in hot showers but younger participants were more
likely to take only warm showers. The younger participants also seem to think
that they are more knowledgeable about how energy usage within their house
affects the environment but it seems that most participants are relatively
uninformed about this topic. With the results of the survey and considering
that 95% of water that comes into our homes goes down the drain, household
water conservation is an area with a lot of room to improve. And although
younger participants thought they were well educated in how their energy affected
the environment this was not shown in their showering and home A/C. Around 60%
of energy used in the average American house goes to air conditioning and hot
water heating and on average 65% of electricity in American homes come from
fossil fuels.

The
younger generations are generally more educated on and taking more action against
plastic consumption but are not significantly more educated on how water
consumption and energy usage affects the environment.