As the winter months become warmer and warmer, young people across the nation are focusing more attention on the global warming epidemic. From melting ice bergs to the threatening of animal habitats, global warming is becoming a problem that young people are passionately trying to prevent, and even reverse. However, a closer look at the Instagram accounts of these youth tells a different story. Pictures of people at the beach in January, hiking in mountains that would otherwise be blanketed in snow and going for afternoon runs because its simply to nice outside not to. These pictures, followed by hash tags such as #ILoveGlobalWarming and #GlobalWarmingLOL, show young adults who preach against the practices that contribute to global warming, yet enjoy the weather that is created by it.
Jennifer McDougal, 27, from Corpus Christi, Texas, Instagramed a picture at the beach this past weekend. The picture shows her and her friends on a sun clad beach while enjoying the unseasonably warm weather in January. The caption reads, “Hanging with my girls #Beach Day #January #GlobalWhatever.” When asked about her views on global warming, she was quick to point out that global warming is dangerous not only now, but for future generations. Jennifer added, “I do whatever I can to lower my carbon footprint. I really care about the environment and the damage that we can cause, but I have to admit, this weather is really nice. To be able to go sun bathing with my girls in January is something I wouldn’t want to change.” Jennifer is not alone. Mark Ruffin is a 22 year old college junior at the University of Colorado. He found himself playing ultimate frisbee with friends on a Thursday afternoon in January with temperatures hovering in the upper 60’s. A quick search of his Instagram account shows a picture of himself diving to catch a Frisbee in shorts and a tank top. When asked his thoughts on the weather that day, he was unapologetic. “Listen bro, I do all I can to try and stop global warming. I recycle, I don’t drive a car. I’ve even planted a tree. What else can I do? I don’t like global warming as much as the next person, but with weather like this, maybe its not as bad as we thought. I mean, ultimate frisbee in January, I really don’t see the down side.” When asked to give his thoughts on using hash tags such as #ILoveGlobalWarming, #Lol, and #BillNyeSayWhat, he responded with a “no comment” as he long boarded to a nearby hacky sack circle.
As winters heat up and youth cool to the idea of global warming, what lies ahead? Could we see deliberate pollution in an attempt for even warmer winters? Will this nations youth loose their passion for a cleaner world as they cool down with Slurpees in the middle of January. If Instagram pictures and hash tags are an indication, we could all be in hot water.