We assume it's the job of Mom and Dad to tell their kids to eat their vegetables, turn off the TV, and go to bed on time. It’s the parents’ job to train children to do the right thing, not the other way around. However, the environmentalists are trying to reverse this concept. They see children as the ones giving orders to their elders to protect the environment. The environmentalists are on a campaign to get children to change their parents’ behavior by constantly nagging them to recycle, turn off the lights, and take reusable bags to the grocery store. Kids are urged to ensure that their parents do “the right thing.”
To prepare kids for their role as the new Green Police, schools are teaching students to live a lifestyle centered on “sustainability.” Schools tell schoolchildren that “There are some things about this world that you know that older people don’t know.” In a book recommended for schoolchildren, Captain Eco warns, “Your parents and grandparents have made a mess of looking after the earth. They are stealing your future from under your noses.” MasterCard aired a commercial showing a small boy who reminds his dad to turn off the water and buy renewable energy light bulbs. The tagline is “helping dad become a better man.” Obviously, being a “better man” now means being a “greener” man.
A movement called Green My Parents teaches kids how to calculate savings from electricity and water bills and negotiate for the kids' share of the money.
Kids who get involved with this are supposed to “grade their parents” and demand pay for their services.
The recurring message to children is that they are entitled to defy their parents and should correct them day-to-day in the home. Kids are being taught that the fate of the planet rests on their shoulders, and that “doing their part” means bossing their parents around.
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