With hurricanes and wildfires devastating parts of the US in 2017, extreme weather has brought climate change to the fore of many Americans’ minds. But are they more concerned about local environmental issues or global ones? Canvas8 spoke to 20 people to learn how they’re protecting the planet.
Andrea Graham Richeson is a New York-based writer, consultant and consumer anthropologist studying why people love what they love. She specialises in youth culture, gaming, fandoms, social media, and new media. She is the founder of the youth culture consultancy Youth Tribes.
From taking #nomakeup selfies to signing petitions on political issues, a growing sense of social responsibility and commitment to local community have changed the way people view social action. Is caring about causes the new badge of cool? And has it become ‘chic’ to protest?
With nearly three-quarters of Gen Yers and 51% of Boomers willing to pay more for sustainable products, eco-friendly living is no longer a niche pursuit. Yet many people are downplaying their eco credentials with inconspicuous purchases. Why aren’t consumers keen to appear ‘green’?
Gen Zers may use the web to share memes and post their meals, but their exposure to social media and 24/7 news means they’re also well aware of major global issues like climate change. In the first of a two-part report, we explore how sustainability has become a way of life for this cohort.
While nearly three-quarters of Gen Zers are willing to pay more for eco-friendly products, they are also a critical and discerning audience. In the second of a two-part report, we explore how members of this cohort expect their favourite brands to fit in with their sustainable ambitions.