Normally, I charge into the new year, pretty much the way I closed the previous year, with exhilaration, hope, and determination. But this year, I’m worried about our future generations.
Ever since the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century, we have “improved” our lifestyle by making things go faster, easier, and cheaper – and we have reaped the benefits of becoming an incredibly efficient and wealthy society. Our children, however, are now facing financial uncertainty and the pressing question of how human civilization is going to survive the positive feedback loops caused by too much CO2 in our atmosphere – among other things.
Did you know that millennials…
… have 300% more student debt than their parents?
… tend to live with their parents rather than roommates?
… are delaying marriage longer than any previous generation?
… are half as likely to own a home as people their age in the 1970’s?
… are delaying having children longer than any generation in history?
… (20%) are currently living in poverty?
… will probably not be able to retire until they’re 75 years old?
Hey, if you’re not a millennial, don’t pat yourself on the back and look the other way. And, don’t blame them for their predicament. We need to support our youth as they venture into careers that will solve our social, environmental, medical, and economic problems. Unless we help fix these problems and get our future generations back on their feet, all of the above will become the future America, and then we’ll all be in trouble!