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Kids Vote on the Environment: All Results

See how thousands of kids like you voted on today's top environmental issues. Click on each tab to explore all the issues. What do you think about the results? Sound off on our Save the Planet message board.

  • You and Your Family
  • School and Community
  • The World
man and kid recycling, grown-ups' response

Your Country’s Response

How good a job is the U.S. doing to help the environment?

  • 10% A+ — Great!
  • 29% B OK, but we could do even better.
  • 38% C– Needs improvement.
  • 23% F Awful! Much more needs to be done.

Earth, The Big Picture

The Big Picture

What is the most important environmental issue facing the world today?

  • 10% Availability of fresh, clean water
  • 25% Pollution
  • 12% Wildlife conservation
  • 53% Global climate change

Kids running, the future

In Ten Years

In ten years, what change would you like to see world-wide?

  • 39% Clean-burning fuel as the standard
  • 19% More green products available in stores
  • 11% More ways to recycle trash
  • 31% Fewer endangered species

Reversing Global Warming

What is the most important thing the President can do to stop global warming?

  • 51% Work with other world leaders to create a global solution.
  • 32% Invest in research for "clean" energy sources.
  • 12% Establish a legal limit on greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 6% Nothing. I don’t think it’s a huge problem.

Volunteer on laptop, making change

Making Change

Whose contribution to the environment do you admire the most?

  • 16% Sanitation workers who pick up our recyclables
  • 12% Celebrities who promote conservation
  • 25% Scientists who research the issues
  • 47% World leaders who make the environment a priority

Harvesting Wind Power, Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy

What alternative energy resource should the U.S. use more?

  • 7% Nuclear Power
  • 51% Solar Power
  • 17% Hydroelectric
  • 25% Wind Power

Tiger, Endangered Species

Endangered Species

How would you rate the treatment of endangered species today?

  • 8% A+ — Great!
  • 26% B OK
  • 46% C– Needs improvement
  • 20% F Awful!

Polar Bears

How concerned are you that polar bears are at high risk for extinction?

  • 68% Extremely! We must save the polar bears.
  • 18% It’s a concern, but other animals are at even higher risk.
  • 9% I’m more concerned about global warming in general.
  • 5% Who needs polar bears? Not me.


How important are environmental issues about water?

  • 52% Extremely important! It’s one of my top issues.
  • 33% It’s a concern, but other issues are more important to me.
  • 8% I don’t know enough about it to say.
  • 7% I don’t think it’s important at all.


What's your biggest environmental concern about marine life?

  • 30% Global warming
  • 13% Over fishing
  • 50% Pollution
  • 7% Ship and boat traffic

Coral Reefs

What should be done to protect the ocean’s coral reefs?

  • 49% Stop pollution that’s killing reef animals.
  • 12% Reduce over fishing that’s damaging the reef's ecosystem.
  • 22% Address global warming! Rising carbon dioxide levels are a major threat.
  • 17% Stop cutting down rainforests to keep soil from running into the ocean and damaging the reefs.