The grownups need to figure out how to leave the world a better place for future generations


I got in a viscount war with an elderly couple who were my neighbors years ago. They definite to chop all the trees down between our backyards. I know. They were their trees, but they were in the pink. They were a bird habitat that we loved, and sound buffer were without delay to die.

I begged them. Other neighbors plead for the trees. The chippers got.

I called a local nursery and ordered new trees, the biggest they had, to be injected on our side of the yard.

The lady laughed at me.

“Oh, honey,” she said, “We’ll be long dead to the world before those trees grow up. You’re young enough to think you reckon a difference.”

She’s dead. He’s dead. They aren’t my trees anymore.

If there’s a reek of age, it is the audacity to leave the world a worse place than you came in to it, and scoff at the young for caring. She was the first person I remember telling me that I was too adolescent to matter. I was 33. She mocked me for a change she was making, knowing full wonderfully she was on the way out. For this I count myself lucky beyond measure. Far luckier than so diverse of the young people blazing their way in America today.

Adults, noted and influential, have come out to tell our youth that they are too prepubescent to know anything about their own lives. Seriously. What is incorrect with them? Were they born old and grouchy and full of unclean?

This past week a federal appeals court rejected the Trump management’s attempt to crush a climate change lawsuit. Oh, to be fair, the suit was brought in 2015 by 21 brood Americans (between the ages of 9 and 19). The Obama administration tried to cage in it down too. They failed. Trump failed. These kids are withstanding the federal government for failing to do anything about climate change.

For all the bloviating for decades in Congress helter-skelter “our children’s futures,” they haven’t passed the simplest measures to become a better planet for the next generations. These kids know that. Oil and gas proprietorships spent more than $125 million on lobbyists last year. While Congress yammers on about the opioid prevalent in killing Americans, they continue to be lobbied to the tune of $278 million closing year by the pharmaceutical companies. (They spend more than any other enterprise to make sure their profits are protected more than invalids. Insurance companies came in second with $160 million quality of your premiums used to lobby lawmakers with great healthfulness insurance.)

You think kids don’t know about drugs? They recognize. They know when they have to set their own alarms to overtake the bus because their parents are high. Why they are staying with grandparents. They positive and we aren’t doing enough to protect them.

While arguing against a gun be in control of bill in Florida this week, state Rep. Elizabeth Porter disclosed, “Do we allow the children to tell us that we should pass a law that phrases no homework?” The bill raises the age to buy arms to 21, has a three day waiting stretch and no bump stocks. It passed, the governor signed it and the NRA is suing to stop it. At the at any rate time high schools are having officers fire blanks guts their school to simulate and active shooter so teachers and students can get occupied to what active gunfire sounds like. The debate continues in video games and if we should be arming teachers. It’s stupid. It’s an intentional misspend of time.

These children, kids, young adults know what is episode in their lives. It has been nearly 20 years since the Columbine leap. That they have the courage to fight for their futures should be admired and supported by Dick who was ever a child. For anyone who tells them they don’t get to have a words — well, shut theirs down. Adultery isn’t the sin where kids try to act have a weakness for adults. (You can find that in other front page stories this week.)

There are a few creations that should have been on the front line with torches and pitchforks a substitute alternatively of MySpace and slacktivism. People talk about how selfish teenagers are. Look at their mothers and grandparents who keep voting in officials who will literally sell the approaching of their children to keep power in office.

We owe them an apology. We owe them vigour.

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