In defence of Baby Boomers (and grown-ups)
Warning – some may find this blog post controversial…
I am getting very bored of hearing young people blame older adults for Climate Change.
A friend of my was recently the recipient of a lecture from a young person in her family; apparently some children are being taught that it is the ‘fault’ of the older generation that the world is suffering from climate change.
My thoughts are:
1. Who copped the blame for the ice age (were there any Baby Boomer type generations around then)?
2. On a more serious note, my peers and I didn’t:
A. ‘Want, want want’. We didn’t ‘need’ ‘want’ or ‘have’ the latest phone/iPad/electronic games device.
B. I saved my ‘Saturday Job’ money for clothes – my coveted Trevira Suit and Crombie coat lasted me a very long time, or had them for Christmas and birthdays in the main.
C. We were not a ‘throw-away’ generation. Primark and the like encourage ‘wear once’ but do you know what…you don’t HAVE to buy clothes to wear just a few times? It is your choice!
I do understand the concerns of young people (and most people are still young in their heads – my mum of 89 still feels the way she did when she was 17…and so do I) but taking time out of school isn’t the way forward.
Give your social time up if you feel strongly…not a school day when you are missing education.
Give up your mobile phone and electronic devices.
Give up buying clothes and ‘stuff’ just for the sake of it.
Buy pre-used where possible if you are really, really, really concerned about the environment.
Re-cycle, re-cycle, re-cycle.
Grow your own fruit and veg (you can do this from a young age when someone shows you how).
Turn the dratted TV off.
Wrap up warm in the upcoming winter and walk (shock, horror) to school – as my friends and I did.
Lot’s of this applies to ‘adults and young people’. In fact when the media keep promoting ‘young people’ as if they are a precious commodity (the way some parents do) I have to wonder if they realise young people and old(er) people, are actually the same?
We are all ‘just humans’ and need to be pulling together – not blaming each other!
United we stand, divide we fall people!