Young people have every right to demand change

Young people have every right to demand change

He’s had his, so to Hades with the world that comes after him

Young people have every right to demand change

I don’t usually make blanket statements, with the exception when I come across climate deniers who universally put their mouths in drive and their brains in neutral.

So, seeing two letters from John Walker in this paper mocking young people for wanting a better world then the one he will leave behind soon enough, given his age of 83, makes him worthy of rebuke. That isn’t being rude, it is being truthful.

It is beyond comprehension to myself as a baby boomer that anyone could express such selfish thinking that only by maintaining the status quo that got us into this worldwide mess is the only right one. He’s had his, so to Hades with the world that comes after him, which is what he is really saying to the young people demanding climate action.

If most Canadians had agreed with him in the election then Andrew Scheer, who preached to the converted over protecting fossil fuel and Tar Sands sludge of Alberta above all else, would be prime minister now. How galling it must be for John Walker to know that people who think like him caused people to hold their noses and voted to keep that small minded thinking out of power. Long live the carbon tax!

Society is changing, as it must change, in order to make our continued existence sustainable. Mr. Walker expresses an appalling level of defeatism that young people — and intelligent, informed citizens of all ages — cannot accomplish great things when they share a united goal.

And what greater legacy can we all leave this planet then a sustainable economy not based on fossil fuels. Oceans and landfills not full of plastics, habitat protection for all creatures that we share this one world we ever know, stopping unchecked urban sprawl and resource exploitation which has led us to the 5th Great Extinction for which humanity is solely to blame.

If you have nothing constructive to add, Mr. Walker, butt out of the conversation, as the young people have every right to demand change as it is their future on the line not yours.

Robert T. Rock

Mission City

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Raptors Rescue Society will receive $387,350 from the province to help construct its planned Education Centre. (File photo)
Raptors Rescue Society to receive $387,350 from province

Funding to be used for new Education Centre

Police are investigating after a man was killed at a home on Cowichan Lake Road early Monday morning. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Police investigating early-morning murder in Duncan

One arrested after man killed at Cowichan Lake Road home

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 90+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

Police have identified the vehicle involved in the Feb. 14 hit-and-run in Chemainus and are continuing to investigate. (Black Press Media files)
Police seize and identify suspect vehicle in fatal Chemainus hit-and-run

Investigation expected to be lengthy and involved

The Cowichan Women Against Violence Society is planning on opening a child and youth advocacy centre. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Child and youth advocacy centre eyed for Cowichan

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society hopes to open centre later this year

Langley resident Carrie MacKay shared a video showing how stairs are a challenge after spending weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Stairs a challenge for B.C. woman who chronicled COVID-19 battle

‘I can now walk for six (to) 10 minutes a day’

The Nanaimo Clippers in action at Frank Crane Arena in early 2020. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Clippers for sale, owner says hockey won’t be back to normal any time soon

Wes Mussio says he’s had numerous inquiries about the junior A club already

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s coronavirus situation, May 8, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C.’s weekend COVID-19 cases: 532 Saturday, 508 Sunday, 438 Monday

Fraser Health still has most, eight more coronavirus deaths

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks in the legislature, Dec. 7, 2020. Eby was given responsibility for housing after the October 2020 provincial election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends COVID-19 rent freeze again, to the end of 2021

‘Renoviction’ rules tightened, rent capped to inflation in 2022

Face mask hangs from a rear-view mirror. (Black Press image)
B.C. CDC unveils guide on how to carpool during the pandemic

Wearing masks, keeping windows open key to slowing the spread of COVID-19

Churches, including Langley’s Riverside Calvary Church, are challenging the regulations barring them from holding in-person worship services during COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times file)
Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

Wildlife advocate Gary Schroyen captured this picture of a one-year-old cougar in the Sooke Hills using a homemade trip camera. Vancouver Island is home to approximately 800 cougars, which makes up about a quarter of the total population in B.C. (Gary Schroyen photo)
Wildlife advocate Gary Schroyen captured this picture of a one-year-old cougar in the Sooke Hill using a homemade trip camera. Schroyen presents Animal Signs: The Essence of Animal Communication on Nov. 30. (Gary Schroyen photo)
Declining Vancouver Island cougar populations linked to wolves

Large carnivore specialist says human development still plays biggest role on cougar numbers

Most Read