Following the biggest climate strike to ever take place, a baby boomer had a gripe to settle with Gen Z protestors.
On Friday, September 20, young climate activists across the world took to the streets in order to protest climate change, global warming, and legislative inaction with regard to the environment. Skipping work, university, and school in order to attend the protests, young teens and children showed the world the power of grassroots organization. A protest of this size and reach has never happened before in human history, making it a monumental event. However, it appears that not everyone is quite as impressed by the global climate strike as one would expect. Penning a rather angry open letter, this baby boomer from Australia addressed their concerns, boiling the cause of rapid climate change down to an entitled generation. The letter was posted to social media platform Facebook, The Daily Mail reports.
The post read: 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 [a] TV in every room and your classes are 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. You are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items to stay trendy. Your entertainment comes from electronic 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.
However, in typical baby boomer fashion, the Facebook user did offer up some solutions to the problem. They suggested: Tell your teacher 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-signaling "princesses," 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 learn to research facts and think for yourself and not blindly accept the words and thoughts of others - I don't think you formulated this action plan all by yourself - suspect you may have had some influence and "guidance" from those you trust... A word of warning, be cautious of the influence of the "left" because there may be a time in the future that you will be the ones left out.
Of course, Generation Z was not quite too happy to read the post. After all, the user makes plenty of false assertions with regard to the science behind climate change and global warming. For instance, it was recently discovered that just 100 multinational companies contribute to 71 percent of all global carbon emissions. Therefore, while assumptions can be made about individual contribution to climate change, it is the unbridled and unpoliced oil and manufacturing industries that are most responsible for the state of our planet today. Unsurprisingly, a Gen Z user decided to let the original poster know exactly where they went wrong.
They wrote: Typical baby boomer post with no idea about the modern world and how anything works. Your generation decided coal is the future. Your generation continually votes in a government [that does] nothing about climate issues, renewables, and pollution. Your generation still thinks using devices for the internet and research is a bad thing because you didn't have that access. Your generation still thinks using paper is great instead of devices that can store information. Your generation ruined the economy. Your generation has ruined the planet. Ours is trying to save it. Repeat after us - "Mic. Drop." As the youngest on the planet try to save it, perhaps older generations would be better off listening to those who will have to live on it in the near future rather than speaking over them.