Students’ interest peaked by gay marriage, not climate change

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> For the most part today’s students are disengaged in the political process according to Dr. Mike Lyons, professor of political science at Utah State University.

On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Lyons said gay marriage is one issue that captures the minds of most students. However, Lyons said he is disappointed that students show little interest in global climate change which is a focal point of his own research.

“We are likely to see international famine and significant political disruptions. Poverty doesn’t lead to political stability, and starvation does not lead to political stability,” Lyons said. “Some of the nations that are the poorest, and potentially the most vulnerable to the effects of global climate change, possess nuclear weapons or could soon.”

He said Pakistan is the country he is most concerned about in this regard. Lyons said a lot of students will be around to feel the effects of global climate change yet they are the ones who seem least concerned about it.

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