Hundreds of thousands of school children worldwide participated in the School Strike for Climate demonstration to demand environmental action.
The movement was inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, 16, who told world leaders that they had betrayed the younger generation & # 39; in a speech at the UN climate summit in New York on 23 September.
But in response, some have pointed out that baby boomers were in many ways more environmentally friendly than today's youth, and led protest movements themselves.
In a message to & # 39; young environmentalists & # 39; wrote a middle-aged man who reused his generation of glass milk bottles, took their groceries home with them in paper bags and even washed their own diapers.
He added that his family gathered around a single TV or radio instead of having devices in every room, and gave old clothes to siblings instead of buying new ones.
Here, Daily Mail Australia looks at the ways in which baby boomers were more environmentally friendly than the Thunberg generation.
Students went out on the streets with thousands on Friday to demand action on climate change
A wave of recoil has grown among baby boomers after a passionate speech by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg (photo) in New York
GLASS MILK BOTTLES VS PLASTIC BOTTLES
Baby boomers remember that they received supplies from the milkman who would make his laps around the neighborhood with a single truck.
Residents then washed the glass bottles and left them outside to collect and reuse, instead of buying their milk in plastic bottles or wax paper cartons.
WATER FOUNTAINS VS BOTTLE WATER
Only a few decades ago bottled water was unheard of. Thirsty people would find the nearest fountain or take metal bottles with them.
The same applies to coffee with the drink that is served in a ceramic mug.
BABY BOOM'S SCATHING ADDRESS TO MILLENNIALS
& # 39; Young environmentalists are listening.
We returned bottles of milk and soft drinks to be washed, refilled and reused. Grocery stores packed our goods in brown paper bags. We walked to the shops and did not drive a car to go two blocks. & # 39; one person wrote online.
& # 39; We didn't wash baby diapers, dried clothes on a line in a dryer – using wind and solar energy to dry our clothes. We passed on clothing to brothers and sisters. We had one TV or radio in the house, no large TV in every room. & # 39;
& # 39; We have packed fragile items to send in old newspapers, not styrofoam or bubble wrap. We used push mowers for the lawn. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty, not a plastic bottle. We have refilled pens with ink. We have replaced the blade of a razor. We took a bus or bicycle to school. & # 39;
& # 39; We had one outlet in a room, no couch with outlets for 101 devices. We didn't need a gadget to receive a signal from satellites 23,000 km away to find the nearest burger joint & # 39 ;.
HIKING versus DRIVING
Grabbing a dinner at the drive-thru or taking an Uber to the stores would also be unheard of.
Walking to the corner supermarket was much more common. The same applies to schoolchildren who walk to the classroom with their bicycles instead of being dropped off in an SUV.
BROWN PAPER BAGS VS PLASTIC BAGS
Another major contribution to the mountain of plastic that hides the planet are plastic shopping bags.
However, these are just a fairly new addition that consumers have embraced with shopping that was previously transported in brown paper bags.
TV AND RADIO & VERSUS SMART DEVICES
The idea of not having their own television or iPad may be horrible for some teenagers, but it was not so long ago that families gathered around a single TV in the lounge.
REPAIR AND HAND-ME-DOWNS VS OLD CLOTHES AWAY
Delivering clothing and repairing damaged items was also common. Picking up another $ 10 made-in-China shirt in Kmart because you got a tear in yours would have been considered a huge waste.
Washable diapers were preferred over disposable diapers and clothing was dried on a line outside rather than in a dryer.
HOLIDAY HOME USA INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL
Look at social media nowadays and it would be hard to find one without holiday snaps in an exotic location.
Traveling abroad for fun and adventure is now the norm for young people, while traveling by plane is much less common when baby boomers were the same age.
Monday's United Nations Climate Summit was preceded by international protests on Friday to call attention to the issue (photo)
The speech from Thunberg to the United Nations on 23 September focused entirely on political leaders and older generations who said they are not doing enough to address climate change issues.
HOW BABY BOOMERS WORKED WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
The first & # 39; Earth Day & # 39; was held in 1970.
World Wildlife Foundation founded 1961, Greenpeace founded 1970.
Scientist John Sawyer publishes the study & # 39; Artificial carbon dioxide and the & # 39; greenhouse effect & # 39; in 1972.
Groundbreaking laws introduced in the US in the 1970s, such as the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Tim Berners Lee set up a World Wide Web framework in 1989 that gives the public access to mass information – such as climate science.
First Earth Summit of the United Nations in 1992.
& # 39; You abandon us, but young people begin to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are focused on you. And if you choose to make us fail, I say we will never forgive you, & she said.
Her five-minute speech quoted figures from the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change – an organization founded in 1988 by experts working for the World Meteorological Organization.
In 2007, the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize with an then 59-year-old Al Gore for the work of the former US vice president to raise awareness of climate change.
Australian software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes attended the UN summit – announced a $ 25 billion investment from the sidelines to create & # 39; the world's largest solar farm and energy storage project.
The project would use a large-scale lithium ion battery, similar to one of & # 39; the world's largest built in 2018 by Tesla in South Australia.
Lithium-ion technology was developed by baby boomers in the 1970s and 1980s – along with many of the other scientific developments that support energy projects today.
Nobel Peace Prize winners, Rajendra Pachauri (R) and Al Gore, who won for his activism for climate change, pose with their diplomas and gold medals in Oslo on December 10, 2007
Thunberg & # 39; s speech coincided with international strikes in the climate – many with school children – to draw attention to the UN meeting.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in the United States, but did not attend the Climate Action Summit.
He responded to Thunberg's speech this week and told reporters that he acknowledged & # 39; how deeply people think about this topic & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It is often news to people when I share with them that Australia has the highest per capita investment in renewable energy of all countries in the world & he said.
& # 39; I want children growing up in Australia to feel positive about their future, and I think it is important that we give them the confidence that they not only have a beautiful country and a pristine environment to live in, that they also have an economy to live in & # 39 ;.
However, observers in New York criticized the Australian Prime Minister and said that his failure to appear was damaging the country's goodwill on this point.
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