What Kids Can Do About Climate Change

On March 15th, kids are supposed to go on strike from school to protest the lack of action on climate change. 

In addition,

We strike to support the Green New Deal. Outrage has swept across the United States over the proposed legislation. Some balk at the cost of transitioning the country to renewable energy, while others recognize its far greater benefit to society as a whole. The Green New Deal is an investment in our future—and the future of generations beyond us—that will provide jobs, critical new infrastructure and most importantly, the drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions essential to limit global warming. And that is why we strike.

If you’ll recall, one thing the Green New Deal is supposed to accomplish is the elimination of air travel.  And that is interesting given there is something that generates a larger carbon footprint than air travel, something that is completely ignored by the Green New Deal – the internet. The Internet’s carbon footprint exceeds that of air travel.  As columnist John Harris notes, “Our phones and gadgets are now endangering the planet.”

Since the Green New Deal seeks ultimately to eliminate consumption of beef and air travel, why is the carbon-polluting internet untouched?

If the kids are serious about climate change, they should be calling for the Green New Deal to include a ban on the internet.  Shut. It. Down.  Especially given that youth are the largest polluters. 

Okay, I would imagine that banning the internet would be considered too extreme in order to help stop climate change.  Perhaps a compromise is in order?  So what about banning streaming video?

In total, streaming video accounts for more than half the bandwidth on the internet worldwide at 58% of total bandwidth.

I understand that kids don’t have the power to ban streaming video, but it does give me an idea.  Instead of the kids boycotting school on March 15th, why not instead boycott streaming video? 

And that leads to the irony.  Something tells me that the kids who boycott school on March 15th will be consuming more videos and social media that same day.  Thus, by striking from school, they will be dumping more carbon pollution into the air.

Nice touch, kids.

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9 Responses to What Kids Can Do About Climate Change

  1. TFBW says:

    I don’t buy it that any kids are boycotting school. I’m sure they’re pleased with the opportunity to take the day off and do something else, but I wager it’s primarily adults who are behind boycotting school, and using the kids as pawns in their political game. Take adult assistance out of this equation and tell me exactly what the result would look like. There would be nothing to report on.

    I despise such tactics.

  2. Dhay says:

    Such a Day has happened in the UK already:

    Pupils from around the UK went “on strike” on Friday [15 February 2019] as part of a global campaign for action on climate change. Students around the country walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47250424

  3. Dhay says:

    It’s happened in the UK already:

    Pupils from around the UK went “on strike” on Friday [15 February 2019] as part of a global campaign for action on climate change. Students around the country walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47250424

  4. stcordova says:

    I’m concerned personally for the environment, but that said, some climate change alarmists have insisted the human race be mostly exterminated. The irony is, these advocates don’t practice what they preach. I get the impression, they would prefer to hang around and live rather than sacrifice themselves and set an example for everyone else. Hypocrites.

  5. stcordova says:

    Ocasio Cortez suggests having kids could be a mistake. Should the kids protest and say, “we were a mistake! We protest mom and dad making us!”

  6. nsr says:

    Surely the point of a strike is that it hits the strikee in the pocket i.e. workers refusing to turn up means nothing gets produced or sold.

    How does a bunch of kids skiving off school for a day affect anyone? Don’t they realise that the rich and powerful are perfectly happy to completely ignore their little protests unless it affects the bottom line?

  7. TFBW says:

    @nsr: they’re doing it for the media attention. It’s just political theatre.

  8. nsr says:

    Indeed, which will simply be ignored by those who could actually make a difference in terms of climate change.

  9. Dhay says:

    I fully support the children who are skipping school to protest against climate change. Since when have activists required an education?

    http://www.twitter.com/TitaniaMcGrath/status/1096826171474489344

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