The current generation and waste
Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a Tattoo:
Kids Striking for climate change and don’t get me started on Greta…
To all the school kids going on "strike" for Climate Change. This from a generation who have been the first to require air-conditioning in every classroom. The first generation whose excessess have been soundly tolerated and even celebrated (the Kardashians are the prime example). Ego and self-exposure are no longer dirty words. Not only a TV in every room for this generation but a mobile phone and laptop or personal computer are mandatory personal accessories.
Electronic devices rule this generations world and how energy hungry are there manufacture and use?
Yes… Greta Thunberg
answer that one...
You smug little brat. You can talk of the current politicians' failure to move on world climate change and you are correct. But I think you need to look far closer to home before you start throwing stones.
Greta's generation are the most energy consuming, materialistic and obese generation ever. They first generation to not readily walk or ride bikes to school. Instead arriving in monstrous, oil guzzling SUVs and private cars that spew pollutants and choke suburban roads and worsen rush hour traffic and pollution. Plus and this is why this generation are the most energy wasteful; these huge cars rarely carry more than two occupants, for all the energy they burn and greenhouse gases they create.
Greta's generation are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items to stay trendy.
Then there's all this waste and plastic proliferation because of this generation of which only one example is plastic bottles. If this generation is so concerned about waste and plastic proliferation how have these things become the hottest collectibles on the planet... One example: Coles little shop minis.
What possible practical purpose do they serve other than to appease marketing moguls who invented them to increase big supermarket profit share. Yes Greta your generation, along with being one of the most wasteful and energy inefficient we have ever seen, are also one of the most gullible and susceptible to marketing and consumerism ever to grace this wonderful planet you care so dearly about.
CAN YOU SEE THE HYPOCRISY.....
How about this... Switch off the air-con, walk or ride to school. Switch off your devices and read a book. Make a sandwich instead of buying manufactured fast food.
No. None of this will happen because this generation is self-important, badly informed, and empowered by the adults around them who crave a feeling of having a "noble cause" while they indulge themselves and their offspring in Western luxury and unprecedented quality of life.
Wake up, grow up and then shut up until you are sure of the facts before your default position becomes protesting. How about really trying to decrease your own carbon footprint by not shitting in your own nest (that's our nest: the planet) instead of throwing shit on others.
So let’s try not to apportion blame. It’s hard as I haven’t managed it in this blog but how about a pledge to work out how to better our track record together so for the future we are all assured of clean air, water and a fruitful life.
Dare you to…