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There has been a whole lot of hot wind today and also over the past few weeks about the climate change strike by school students supposedly happening tomorrow across Australia.

I say "supposedly," because my kids don't know anything about any so-called climate change strike at all. Nothing. Nada. Sweet FA (Fanny Adams).

Why is that...? Is it because our school is determined not to waste precious learning time on a childish machination to virtue signal about something they know little about in the hope 15 minutes of fame may bestow them? Or perhaps our school has a bunch of right-wing bigotted teachers who won't allow such madness under their watch. 

Maybe it's due to the notion that in the minds of the kids at our school climate change is not "the great moral challenge of our generation." 

Or it just simply could be that my two boys are so disinterested in the whole climate change debate that they failed to recall any appointment they had to save the world tomorrow. 

But I find that hard to believe since our sons are always quick to inform us of any opportunity to not go to school, therefore, there must be another reason why our students won't be "woke" when they wake up tomorrow and go to school. 

I've thought long and hard about it and I'm pretty sure I know why a school like ours fails to participate in such an epic day for humanity.

We're not rich enough... 

Low socioeconomic areas like ours simply can't afford to take a day off to show the world how perfect we are and how much we care. I know... It's sad, isn't it?

Renewables aren't cheap ya know! Solar panels don't grow on trees and those giants who blow to make the wind turbines turn need lots of food to keep their energy up. 

That's why the people in our community need to work every spare minute they can to afford the constricting cost of living pressures faced by their family every day. 

And, the children in our community need every spare minute they can get to learn because it's hard enough these days to obtain a basic education. 

There's no time for striking! Skyrocketing electricity bills need to be paid lest little Johnny does his homework in the dark and eats cold canned tuna for dinner. 

Oh well... I guess our children will have to accept that they aren't privileged enough to proudly march heads held high proclaiming loudly that the end of the world is nigh (unless we pay more money to fix it). 

If only there was another way to squeeze more money out of poor people so collectively we could support rich people's investments in renewable energy companies. 

Honestly, there's nothing more rewarding to us all than the rich parading their energy smart children front and centre on normie TV - we can certainly learn a thing or two from them that's for sure!    

Tomorrow, our kids will be going to school as usual with nothing remarkable planned, hopefully, they'll do some maths and English revision for their upcoming exams. 

P.S Seriously, I'm all for renewable energy but it must be practical and the economics should stand alone without making the vulnerable people in our society pay more and suffer for the virtuous wealthy.             

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While I believe that unnatural man made climate change is occurring, and I do believe it will be a challenge for my kids' and grandkids' generation, I would agree that encouraging children to walk out of school in protest is not productive.

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While I believe that unnatural man made climate change is occurring, and I do believe it will be a challenge for my kids' and grandkids' generation, I would agree that encouraging children to walk out of school in protest is not productive.

The issue as I see it, is not simply defined as climate change but involves all the ways humans put pressure on the natural world. It is things like oceans full of plastic, dying coral reefs, the fact the WE are causing the world's 6th great mass extinction, bad air, bad water and a poisoned food supply. All by products of a modern lifestyle which, frankly, I enjoy very much.

The sad part is that there are ways that we humans can maintain our lifestyle and not mess up the world so much if we chose to do so. But I reckon that's just too hard. The most cost effective path of least resistance is the one that is usually taken and .other nature suffers for it.

But I digress. Protest is an important part of democracy, but in this case I agree the strike day thing for children is kind of a joke. Better to use that day and other days teaching kids something that helps them to become better world citizens overall. Maybe in that way our kids and grandkids will grow up and be smarter than the last few generations.

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Hey Mark,
YouTube suggested one of your videos and I was/am very happy that the internet worked in my favor on that. My observations in this message in no way (I hope) offend you as I know climate change is a very science vs religion hot bed. I...

Hey Mark,
YouTube suggested one of your videos and I was/am very happy that the internet worked in my favor on that. My observations in this message in no way (I hope) offend you as I know climate change is a very science vs religion hot bed. I would say that as a home organic gardener you are on the side of avoiding climate change. If everyone in the world made their own organic garden, climate change would be in a drastically different place. I am surprised (I'm not bringing your kids into this I dunno why the schools would) that you don't see climate change as a problem future generations will face. All the facts are there so I don't see how a socioeconomic savvy person, as you seem to be, could not see the proof in the pudding. I would challenge you to seek out a climatologist (not a frikkin weatherman) and , unbiasedly, try to hear what they have to say about it. Either way you choose to look at it is up to you (I am not trying to force an opinion down your throat, as I don't like opinions shoved down mine) I will still support your channel either way. You have single handedly made me excited about gardening, which I am very grateful for many reasons. I'm in California in the US with a heavily shaded backyard but I think I found one good spot for a raised bed garden and your vids were the only reason I pursued it. I am not rich and I do take economics into account heavily but I agree anyone that says growing your own produce is not economical is maybe looking at only numbers and does not understand the value of it, physically and/or mentally if they are thinking anything at all. Me and my girlfriend planted our garden today are really excited all because of you my man.

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Hi James, I don't see "climate change" as the so-called threat to mankind it's portrayed to be and I do my own research to formulate my opinion. To say the world will end in 12 years is bordering on child abuse and hysterics like this does the...

Hi James, I don't see "climate change" as the so-called threat to mankind it's portrayed to be and I do my own research to formulate my opinion. To say the world will end in 12 years is bordering on child abuse and hysterics like this does the climate change debate no favours at all. What gives me hope about the younger generation is people like you and your girlfriend who may disagree with me on topics such as climate change but still debate in a civil and respectful way - thank you and all the best with your garden! Practical environmentalism via growing some of your own food, composting waste, etc is what I believe brings more change for the better rather than making energy prices more expensive for the average person. Cheers

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