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Schools should teach pupils the hard part about saving the planet

07 March, 2019

School students in Westminster protesting over climate change

• I AM heartened about the student climate protests and hope they change habits as well as ideas, (Pupil power fuels the politics of climate change, Comment, February 21).

But the evidence suggests many students believe the government holds a magic wand to stop global warming in a way that does not involve personal sacrifices or life changes.

Some 80 per cent of Primark shoppers are young people and the throw-away fashion industry is responsible for a large percentage of polluted (dyes and chemicals) or completely dried up (cotton eats up 3 per cent of the world’s water supply) lakes and rivers in developing countries.

Fleeces when washed emit toxic chemicals into our water supply chain as do all the scrubs that young (and older) people continue to use. As a result it is dangerous to eat fish and our river and ocean life is dying. Artificial fur coats take over 1,000 years to begin to decompose.

Almost every young person I see in supermarkets takes a new plastic bag and they all walk around with takeaway food containers and / or coffee cups. The craze for ordering food from delivery services multiplies the extra packaging and plastic.

And all those cheap flights and weekend breaks require fossil fuel. Protesting is easy: perhaps schools can spend an hour a semester teaching students about the hard part of saving the planet.

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