Millenials Don’t Have A Monopoly On Caring About The Environment

The problem of tents being dumped after music festivals – most recently at the Reading Festival this past bank holiday – is so prolific, say campaigners, that it demands a response.

One idea is to charge revellers a deposit that will only be returned if they take their tent with them. If it cuts down on waste, then plenty will say it is a good idea. However, what is truly staggering is that such a scheme might be necessary in the first place.

After all, the young people largely responsible for this act of mass littering are of the same generation that is supposedly so fearful of global warming, so despondent about the amount of plastic in our oceans and so aghast at the treatment of the world’s rainforests that it believes we are facing a climate “emergency”.

How did youngsters go from taking part in the Greta Thunberg-inspired school strikes to spending their holidays blighting some of the most glorious corners of the countryside with rubbish?

For older people who are so often the recipients of lectures on how they are destroying the planet, it is somewhat galling. Perhaps environmentally-conscious youngsters could spend some of their time encouraging their peers to mend their own ungreen ways? They might also admit that addressing climate change is an issue that concerns people of all ages, and is not one that pits young versus old in some intergenerational struggle.

You never know, those irresponsible festival-goers who did abandon their tents could even learn something from their parents and grandparents. They might be less keen on punitive green levies and banning beef, but they would never countenance littering.

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