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Young people around the world were asked to leave school Friday as part of a Global Climate Strike. Some kids will see this as simply an excuse to miss school but others fully embrace the cause. So, what is the cause?
Obviously, there is the standard “Save the Planet” rhetoric we have heard forever. Looking at the site for the group Youth Climate Strike, I see there are some other issues I might not have guessed. Here are a few samples:
[A]ctively working against, the impacts of climate change on marginalized communities — communities of color, impoverished communities, disabled communities, and LGBTQ+ communities — who are at the frontline of all climate-related disasters.
Interesting to know that the gay guys living across the street from me are “at the frontline” of climate change and I am not. I guess that is because this is isn’t really about climate change, but a Leftist catch-all movement.
[M]ove away from the unjust prison system and the school-to-prison-pipeline, and outlaw private prisons and the forced labor of prison inmates
What about wind-powered prisons? No?
Respect Indigenous women, Indigenous queer and trans women, women of color, and queer and trans people of color and protect them from assault, sexual violence, and trafficking.
So if must engage in sexual violence, avoid those particular classifications. Youth Climate Strike is totally cool with that.
K-8 is the ideal age range for compulsory climate change education because:
Impressionability is high during that developmental stage
Brainwashing is so much easier if you start young.
One encouraging point. For the past 19 years, people have been saying that we only have 12 years to act. Well, this group is saying, “we have 11 years to avoid catastrophic climate change.” Will they change that to 10 next year? One can hope, since going from 12 to 12 every year was getting old.
So get out there and march. By doing so, you can change the world . . . maybe the world won’t actually change, but you will get a chance to say words like “renewable” and “indigenous” over and over again, and that is what really matters.Published in