Ban Climate Change events on school days

Attendance at school is compulsory and whizzing off to a climate change event should not be an alternative to the normal curriculum, therefore children of school age should not be allowed to attend such events. All childrens' events should be run at the week-end - this would provide a test of intent as it would mean that virtue signalling would have to take place during Nintendo/xbox time as opposed to presenting itself as a skive. In addition, attendees should commit to cutting their online time as a further demonstration of their intent to be involved in this wayward movement, as opposed to simply using it as an extra instagrammable event.

Why the contribution is important

It will help to manage the attainment gap.

by Voiceofreason on August 27, 2020 at 07:56PM

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  • Posted by MJMcD0ugall September 07, 2020 at 13:48

    Climate change issues are part of education.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason September 08, 2020 at 08:43

    "Climate change issues are part of education." - only if they are presented in a balanced fashion, as opposed to a parroted mantra like a fake religion. Have a read at Bjorn Lomberg's new book - "False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet".

    Oh, I forgot, it's not part of the accepted canon therefore it must be banned - when's extinction rebellion's first book-burning going to take place?
  • Posted by Yvonne_CEC September 09, 2020 at 12:22

    From listening to young people at the Edinburgh Youth Summit earlier this year, this is not the view of young people. Do any more young people have an opinion on this?

    There is overwhelming evidence arguing the need to act urgently on climate change, e.g. see
  • Posted by Voiceofreason September 10, 2020 at 21:02

    "From listening to young people at the Edinburgh Youth Summit earlier this year, this is not the view of young people."

    So what? They have little relevant life experience and haven't learned to think in a critical fashion.

    The "need" to do something now is only a political imperative. Scientists were asked " how do we reduce emissions to a stupidly low level", in response, they came up with the 2030 nonsense.

    It's like asking "how do we reduce road deaths to 0" - e.g. a pointlessly unattainable goal - the answer might be, reduce speed limits to 3mph - that might work but at what cost ?

    The real question is what happens if we do nothing?

    The answer is - "less than you might think" and in any event the negative effects are minimal compared against the irreparable economic damage of taking us back to the age of wicker.
  • Posted by sandyboyd November 19, 2020 at 00:08

    To share a view of an actual young person.

    Young people care about this which is why we spend hours organising massive demonstrations about it. It is why we sacrifice our education for it.

    It should also be pointed out the really depressing point of what is the point of us getting an education if the world is completely screwed over when we have left school, this is your responsibility and the fact that young people are having to miss school and their social lives to deal with this is pathetic and a damning comment on the adult generation.

    Finally to your point that we don't have enough life experience, that is why we are so useful, we haven't been crushed by life as you obviously have and still have a positive, optimistic and energetic view on things. We call bull - s**t on things and tell it how it is.

    Young people are crucial to stopping climate change and we recognise what is at stake which is why we are demanding such action.

    Also to actually comment on this suggestion, Climate change, biodiversity and other things should be fundamental to our education, we have to change our lives and we need to prioritise this work sometimes even above school.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason November 20, 2020 at 10:25

    "We call bull - s**t on things and tell it how it is." - so do I - that's why I'm happy to rail against witless gesture politics and vapid virtue signalling. I don't feel "crushed" by like, quite the opposite, thanks to decades of freedoms that now seem to be overshadowed by politicians turning away from conviction towards pandering to whatever shrill minority shouts loudest.

    The climate has always "changed" - ( one of the hobbies enjoyed by a roman legionary along the Antonine wall was picking grapes) - instead of trying to reverse a natural phenomenon like Canute, focus on adaptation.
  • Posted by Charlotte_CEC November 20, 2020 at 10:57

    @Voiceofreason - yes the climate has always changed - however the current pace of climate change is unprecedented to what has been seen in the past - and is purely down to human activity.

    Yes, you're right, we do also need to focus on adaption (even if the planet cut all its emissions to zero today, we will still be experiencing the impacts of climate change for years to come, from all the emissions already in the air) however to say that climate change is unavoidable 'as temperatures always change' is simplistic, reductive and wrong.

    Humans have the power to put a reduce the speed at which climate change impacts our planet. Your description of a 'shrill minority' is unhelpful and also inaccurate as there is a growing recognition from local and national governments across the world that this is an issue which needs immediate action
  • Posted by Voiceofreason November 21, 2020 at 09:12

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  • Posted by Mmunro49 January 13, 2021 at 12:44

    "This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!
    "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!

    Greta Thunberg
  • Posted by Voiceofreason January 13, 2021 at 16:06

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