Environment v quality of life

LeTouriste replied on 24/08/2019 13:01

Posted on 24/08/2019 13:01

We are being advised to avoid eating red meat and dairy products, to eliminate cattle and reduce production of methane.  One MP suggests we should scrap all our cars.   The Amazon rain forest, which produces 20% of Earth's oxygen and soaks up CO2, is seriously under threat.  The oceans are being polluted at an alarming rate, and coral reefs are dying in vast numbers.  Household refuse is becoming difficult to manage, and recycling has a long way to go before it becomes really effective.  Oh dear, what a boring outlook for future generations.  It's great to be old!smile

EasyT replied on 24/08/2019 23:28

Posted on 24/08/2019 16:26 by cyberyacht

Amidst all the talk of climate change, we hear little about population growth. Any given land area has a finite capability to produce food/water. I fear that until we address this issue as well, were are headed for disaster.

Posted on 24/08/2019 23:28

I suspect that many realised that  50 years ago CY

mickysf replied on 25/08/2019 05:18

Posted on 24/08/2019 14:28 by Dorset Diver

Perhaps we could scrap cars and maybe go back to horses, but I guess they also burp. 

I look at all the positive thing the postwar generations have done for this country and the world and generally I'm quite proud of what we achieved.  Figuratively speaking, when I hung up my work boots I also hung up my worry beads.  It is now up to the current generations to take thing forward.  

Posted on 25/08/2019 05:18

Now up to younger generations? I think not. Unfortunately it is us oldies with our outdated beliefs that are meddling too much in a future we will not even play a part in. You just have to look at the mess our decision makers (and us) are in right now to realise that it's the older generations who have caused it and 'we' continue to allow the problems to escalate. 

If we are to hand over responsibility to the the younger generations then we need to 'let go more'. I have far more faith in them.

Rocky 2 buckets replied on 25/08/2019 08:03

Posted on 24/08/2019 22:19 by Pliers

Who's vilifying Greta?

Not me!

And I'm a 70 year old. Don't paint us all with the same brush.....🤔

Posted on 25/08/2019 08:03

+1, it’s GT’s generation & those to come who will live with our laissez faire attitude to our planet.

Dorset Diver replied on 25/08/2019 08:10

Posted on 25/08/2019 05:18 by mickysf

Now up to younger generations? I think not. Unfortunately it is us oldies with our outdated beliefs that are meddling too much in a future we will not even play a part in. You just have to look at the mess our decision makers (and us) are in right now to realise that it's the older generations who have caused it and 'we' continue to allow the problems to escalate. 

If we are to hand over responsibility to the the younger generations then we need to 'let go more'. I have far more faith in them.

Posted on 25/08/2019 08:10

If I had meant "younger" I would have said "younger".  

mickysf replied on 25/08/2019 08:26

Posted on 25/08/2019 08:26

So, are those you left behind who have not hung their boots up are primarily older or younger? Those I left behind when mine were hung up were all younger!

A pretty much correct deduction from info provided rather than a wrong presumption I guess.

DavidKlyne replied on 25/08/2019 09:29

Posted on 24/08/2019 22:19 by Pliers

Who's vilifying Greta?

Not me!

And I'm a 70 year old. Don't paint us all with the same brush.....🤔

Posted on 25/08/2019 09:29

The comment wasn't aimed at people on this forum particularly but elsewhere and in the press it is quite widespread. 

mickysf replied on 25/08/2019 09:45

Posted on 25/08/2019 09:45

More an educated guess then given the limited info. given. 

However, despite the semantics the essence of my post stands. Us oldies are medelling to the detriment of future generations. Much of this medelling is steeped in past and now spurious belief.