In this day and age, you no doubt have heard great and terrible things about our environment and the need to decrease the carbon footprint of humanity. Environmentalists everywhere are rising up and preaching about the harms of fossil-fuels and even cows, while politicians are quick to believe their every word in an attempt to justify their greed for more power and money.
But it can be hard for the average person to believe such extravagancies when we find that so many of those environmentalists and their supporters make some of the least environmentally-friendly decisions of all.
Take teen sensation and global warming enthusiast Greta Thunberg, for instance.
For the last couple of years, she has been a constant voice against the uses of fossil fuels and any sort of technology that relies on them; as such, she and her team have made conscious efforts to make nearly all of her travel plans as pollution-free as possible. She rides bikes or walks instead of being driven in a car and she has even employed a carbon-neutral boat for farther trips instead of flying.
But to get such travel plans to work, someone has to make a sacrifice.
Let’s take a look at her most recent trip to the US for a United Nations conference in New York. True to her form, she took her zero-carbon-emitting boat across the Atlantic. However, because the trip was somewhat last minute, the entire boat crew had to be flown over to get the ship back.
So for her travel without a carbon footprint, a whole team of personnel had to do just the opposite. If she and a few of her team had flown over in the first place it would have released far less CO2, besides being less expensive.
And it seems, her followers are acting in kind.
Jonathan Mason is the headteacher (principal) of a primary (elementary) school in Grantham, Lincolnshire, in the United Kingdom. And, apparently, he and some of the parents of his students have similar ideas on how to save the environment.
According to Sky News, some of the parents and, therefore, the children at Belton Lane Primary School were concerned about the environmental impact of sending Christmas cards and had expressed their fears to Mason.
As a man in tune with his student’s wishes, he decided to cancel the sending of such Christmas cards. And naturally, he would need to inform the parents of his students and do so rather quickly as the much-awaited holiday is fast approaching.
So what did he do; he sent a letter to all 275 kids and their parents — a letter, as in old-fashioned pen on paper, paper in an envelope, sent in the mail.
He wrote, “I have approached by a number of children recently who are concerned about the impact of sending Christmas cards on the environment.” He continued, “Throughout the world, we send enough Christmas cards that if we place them alongside each other, they would cover the world’s circumference 500 times. The manufacture of Christmas cards is contributing to our ever-growing carbon emissions.”
“So in order to be environmentally friendly in school, we will not be having a post box for Christmas cards from this year onwards.”
“Instead, can we encourage you to save money and the environment by not sending cards to all of the children in a class individually but instead, if you want to send a card please send one card to the whole class. Teachers can then display the cards in the classroom for everyone to see.”
As you can well imagine, not every parent was impressed by the headteacher’s plan, mainly due to its hypocrisy.
One parent told the U.K. Daily Mail, “I know quite a few parents who are upset about this.” And they continued, “Why should children have the joy taken out of Christmas? Why can’t all these cards be recycled anyway?”
The parent added, “I know we have to protect the environment, but these are a few Christmas cards once a year, and to be told about this on a piece of paper seems contradictory.”
Contradictory, indeed. Or, as another parent put it, “rank hypocrisy.”
You can’t tell me that Mason couldn’t have sent an email, posted on the school’s social media page, or even sent a text message.
As one parent said, “I hope parents boycott these Grinch-like plans and keep this tradition alive by sending lots of cards to their little pals.