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Just received the following from an Australian friend (real not virtual internet friend) -

”To all the school kids going on "strike" for Climate Change.
You are the first generation who have required air-conditioning in every classroom.

You want TV in every room and your classes are all computerised.

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 suburban roads and worsen rush hour traffic.

You are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items to stay trendy, your entertainment comes from electric devices.
Furthermore, the people driving your protests are the same people who insist on artificially inflating the population growth through immigration, which increases the need for energy, manufacturing and transport.

The more people we have, the more forest and bushland we clear and more of the environment is destroyed.
How about this...

Tell your teachers to 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 you are selfish, badly educated, virtue signalling little turds, inspired by the adults around you who crave a feeling of having a "noble cause" while they indulge themselves in Western luxury and unprecedented quality of life.”

Wake up, grow up and shut up until you are sure of the facts before protesting."

What is your opinion?

For none Australians, the schoolchildren in Australia went on strike to protest government inaction on climate change.

FrayedBear 9 Jan 3
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these children have parents. how about good oldfashioned child-rearing towards a frugal, content & humble lifestyle? makes for better happiness. but no, the parents (my non-existent children) are already selfish: they shirk the responsibility, placing it all on the teachers.


By the way aren’t you using an electronic device to post this

And so did the person who sent it to me ... Beautiful irony isn't it? ? Well spotted!


Tell you government to install solar panels on the roof of your school. Tell your parents to do the same on your house. These electronic devises are here to stay. Power them with renewable energy. Problem solved

That is great if you are buying or own your own. Renters here are merely seen as cash cows to provide cash flow to pay mortgage interest, insurance, rates, utility levies etc. Solar panels, reduce power company profits ygbj.

solar power (the active form, with the panels) is controversial. how much energy has to be generated for the production of the panels that last .. what? 10 years? 15?


All of this stuff could easily be powered cleanly with solar, wind or hydro. Solar would be the easiest one. If it's a high school just make the damned panels in tech class. We don't have a barrier of technology we have a barrier of access and politics. Sure there is the 'they should be in school' POV but... Maybe these kids want to make it to adults?

DragonDust Level 6 Jan 10, 2019

Solar - Particularly in Australia.
We are starting to see spectacular development of wind generation in the Wimmera but not battery backup up for no wind periods.
As for striking children - the probability is that they were put up to it by their left wing teachers. That however does not make their action wrong when compared to that of politicians only looking for four year terms of office not life.

@FrayedBear SA had so much success partially because we already had a lot of solar and wind as backup for coal. We just updated the backup.


Why don’t all schools have solar panels to power all this technology. Oh yeah they cut the budget for education haven’t they. That’s not the kids fault, they can’t vote


We are building more and more free ways and roads which are obsolete before they are finished. Next time you are in a traffic jamb look around and count how many cars have more than one person in them.


Don't blame the kids. It's the people in power who must act.

Coffeo Level 8 Jan 3, 2019

@Coffeo, @irascible wonderful however that it has got under our PM's fingernail like a nice splinter of wood.


Bloody Nora, the kids of today are living in luxury compared to when I went to school from the late 50s through to the early 70s.
We either walked to school, often miles there and miles back or rode our single speed ( not fancy gears/mountain bike types in those days) 'pushies' everywhere ( rain or shine), no fans, air cooling or heating in the classrooms, no computers, no tvs at school at ALL, none at home until the early 60s at most, a lunch from the school canteen WAS a bloody HUGE luxury, we took sandwiches from home that had to stay in our school bags OUTSIDE the classrooms, no nice cooled/chilled water from dispensers, just straight from the taps, hot as hell in summer, cold as ice, almost, in winter, no lockers provided at school, you carried everything around in your school bags, NOT backpacks by the way, and We had to talk to each other on a face to face basis, NO Wifi, no mobile phones, write EVERYTHING out by hand using a very strange device called a pen or a pencil and a piece of paper and you kids want to talk about going on 'strike' about Climate Change.
Yes, Climate Change IS happening AND everyone through the years since the Industrial Revolution has contributed to it BUT your generations are the biggest contributors so far in my opinion.

Triphid Level 9 Jan 3, 2019

One thing that they have achieved however seems to have been to embarrass the Prime Minister and Liberals.

@FrayedBear Yeah, that's about the extent of their achievements thus far, however there are many of us from the 'older' generations who have been voicing our feelings as well you know.

Hey, Frayed Bear, what wrote about schooling in my days was 100% TRUE.

@Triphid I simply passed it on, I didn't write it nor did the person who passed it on to me. I did not school here but like you had to travel on a heavy old bike against fierce headwinds in rain and hale. I remember an Australian woman my age telling that until the age of fourteen she had no shoes to walk to school in. John Dengate even wrote a song about how being forced to wear shoes for school "was cissy"

Yes their generation is the biggest contributor to alternatives too

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