Ask NASA Climate | October 20, 2010, 17:00 PDT

The next generation

Their planet, their future

Generation Y. Born between about the mid-1970s and early 2000s, they're tech-savvy, don't think a job is forever, and are accustomed to a faster pace of life than previous generations. They're witnessing a time of great change — demographically, economically and environmentally, and are the first generation to wake up to the reality of climate change. Gen Y is, like it or not, going to have to deal with climate change and its ramifications in the decades ahead.

But are they ready for this? How much do they really know about climate change? And how much do they care? Our student intern Holly Shaftel talked to some of her peers to find out more.