Each year Garden Media Group comes out with their top list of landscape trends for the upcoming year. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting these trends. Next up? “Golden Hearts”
In our last blog we shared the findings of the Garden Media Group in regards to our cultural shift to more of an indoor society. We shared that one of the best ways to change this shift is to involve kids in gardening while they are young. One of the trends that is developing amongst the millennial generation is that they tend to have “golden hearts” in regards to our environment.
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This is a positive trend that should be commended. It seems that young people are excited about making positive environmental decisions. They are aware of the need to take better care of our environment and they are more than willing to help out. How are they making a difference?
There has been an increase in the amount of volunteerism, especially when it comes to the environment. The 18-34 age group saw an increase of 25.2% in volunteerism. This shows that young adults are trying to make a difference. Other ways that young people are making a difference? There has been an increase of responsible tourism. When choosing their vacations young adults are trying to include outdoor activities such as visiting state and national parks, and choosing to stay at resorts, etc. that have a smaller ecological footprint.
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Other areas of change include picking schools and colleges based on how sustainable their practices are. There is also an increase of the number of young people joining the FFA and of those trying to help the pollinator population.
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Seeing these positive changes across all aspects of life is encouraging that while we know technology has been ruling our lives, there is a conscious shift to change this. They are the next generation and they want to make a difference. Let’s hope this trend continues!
For a full list of the trends visit https://www.gardenmediagroup.com/trends