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