Before the last school bell rang of 2009 for the summer, Bergenfield High School conducted a student survey. This survey was conducted by the AP U.S. Government and Politics class. Respondents included students from 9th-12th grade.
The two questions were:
1) Do you believe there is sufficent evidence that global warming/climate change is occurring?
Nearly 83 percent of the student population stated that climate change is occurring. Since 2007, the Bergenfield High School AP Environmental Science class and Biology classes viewed Al Gore's Academy Award winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." Gore's documentary persuades its viewers that human induced greenhouse gases are in fact the reason for/cause of climate change. I am able to conclude that after the science teachers at Bergenfield High School, students were informed about this environmental crisis.
2) Should alternative sources of energy, such as wind, solar and biofuels be utilized in the United States?
An overwhelming 95 percent of the respondents supported the use of renewable energy. With recent news regarding New Jersey's large commitment for the investment of renewable energy, I speculate that students of this generation feel it is more urgent to become energy efficient. President Obama, who carried the Garden State last year, promises to invest heavily on renewable energy. This promise for New Jersey and the entire nation is what the younger generation is waiting for.