Children need to learn to think for themselves

To all the school children who went on ‘strike’ for a day to protest climate change:

You are the descendants of “The Baby Boomers” who did not want their children to go without and smothered them with their every need, creating the ‘Me, Me, Me’ generation.

Which it seems has been handed down one generation to another.

You are the first generation who have required air-conditioning in every classroom. You want a TV in every room and your classes are all computerized.

You spend all day and night on electronic devices.

More than ever, you don’t walk or ride bikes to school but arrive in caravans of private cars that choke local roads and worsen rush-hour traffic causing more pollution.

You are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items just to be “cool.”

Your entertainment comes from electronic devices most of which are battery-driven, which in turn creates more environmental damage. Furthermore, the people driving your protests are the same people who insist on artificially inflating population growth which increases the need for more energy, more manufacturing, more services and more transportation, resulting in more pollution.

The more people we have, the more forest and bush land we clear and more of the environment is destroyed.

If you are sincere in your efforts try this:

Tell your teachers to switch off the air conditioning.

Turn down the heating a degree or two. Walk or ride to school.

Switch off your devices, stop relying on social media and read a book.

Make a sandwich instead of buying manufactured fast food.

But none of this will happen because you are selfish, spoiled, not fully educated, self-righteous hypocrites, inspired by social media, and your forebearers who crave a feeling of having a ‘noble cause’ while they indulge themselves in a luxury life of convenience on an unprecedented scale.

Wake up, grow up, finish your education and learn to research facts and think for yourself and not blindly accept the words and thoughts of others.

You chose convenience and plastic above all else.

How dare you?

Brian Davis

Parksville

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