Today Earth Day turns 50, and 50th birthdays are big milestones at AARP. But what does Earth Day mean in 2020, when the world is grappling with a massive public health crisis? And how is the news media telling that story?
There’s a new meme lighting up social media called “OK Boomer.” Whether it’s dismissed as an insult or not, underlying that meme are real concerns that younger generations have about serious societal ills, like income inequality. AARP has a strong track record of promoting intergenerational collaboration, so we hadn’t commented specifically on the “OK Boomer” debate… until yesterday, when we did. What we said in an Axios interview was accurately reported, but when it appeared out of context on social media, it was taken as a “clap back” at Millennials. That is not what we intended. We regret how we made our case. As the adage goes, we ask that you consider our deeds and not only our words.
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