Misleading headline, typical youth bashing. Youth are not blaming climate change for currently being poor. Heck, it doesn't even say that they are poor.
"69% say it will impact them in their lifetimes" is in the future, not the present. The real and obvious story about saving:
"What happened in 2008 was an incredible financial flashpoint for millennials," he says. "After watching their parents lose a job or a home, millennials are contending with a deep distrust for financial institutions and the stock market. That brings out catastrophic thinking, because they've already seen a catastrophe."
"I was in college when the financial collapse happened, and I remember the intense dread and panic around me as people who played by the rules of the system and did everything right lost all of their savings," she says. "What will prevent that from happening again? The system doesn't work."
But this outlook has not made her financially reckless: Rodriguez carries no credit-card debt, faithfully pays the minimum on her student loans each month and has a credit score of 750. She also keeps six months of living costs in a savings account in case of emergency.
"I hope for the best and prepare for the worst," she says. "But I can't imagine what my life will look like when I'm retirement age. It's hard to plan for a future and have faith that money will mean anything anymore."
Millions of Americans, generations older than millennials, lost their jobs and savings due to the Great Recession. Because of being lazy? Video games? Facebook?
Today's youth have to deal with a mess they didn't create. They didn't ask for this.