School’s out

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

After read­ing Matilda and Hugh’s ar­ti­cle on the cli­mate strikes (School strike! July 2019), I must ex­press my thanks to them, Greta Thun­berg and each and ev­ery student and their sup­port­ers who striked.

Cli­mate change re­sults from the en­vi­ron­men­tal de­struc­tion that has been seen in many coun­tries. To com­bat this, I’d like to see these kids ap­proach the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee and ask them to ban the coun­tries that com­mit these acts from at­tend­ing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

For those who say the kids are just skip­ping school, the kids should say to them “I’ll be vot­ing in the next elec­tion”. Em­manuel Far­doulis, Aus­tralia

I read Matilda and Hugh’s ar­ti­cle on the cli­mate strikes and wanted to write in to say how much I en­joyed the in­tel­li­gence and wis­dom, and that I sup­port the stu­dents strik­ing. Shan­non Smy, via email

I felt the school strike ar­ti­cle missed a cru­cial ques­tion: what ac­tion are these teenagers tak­ing in their own lives to re­duce cli­mate change? It is all very well lob­by­ing gov­ern­ment, but politician­s are sim­ply rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the peo­ple, so if we de­mand en­ergy-intense and con­sumerist lifestyles (which we do) then that is what they en­sure that we get.

I would ap­plaud these strik­ing chil­dren much more if they

could show that they are using sustainabl­e trans­port, buy­ing sec­ond-hand clothes, eat­ing less (or no) meat, eat­ing or­ganic and pe­ti­tion­ing their par­ents to ex­change the family hol­i­day abroad for one in the UK. The list can go on and on. Ken Neal, Devon

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