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  • Writer's picturechris walsh

Can you be old and green?

In the light of the COP 26 conference it is important that seniors play and active role in making sure the UK and the world commits to actions which will keep the rise in temperature to 1.5 degrees. But equally it is important for politicians, the media and the decision makers recognise the role that older people can and do play in the movement to a green , cleaner world.

If you look at the volunteers who get involved in local initiatives, such as cleaning up open spaces and maintaining parks and the wild include many older people including active pensioners. There is also a good representation pf seniors among the actions and protests being carried out. Clearly we need to do more and to inform and educate more seniors but we should remember that the green movement and campaign groups like Greenpeace started by in the 70s and many of the founders are still active.

Young people are the face of the new protect and green movements and we support them but we seniors also have experience and practical knowledge of past actions and protests which we should try to communicate to younger members as well as using what wealth we may have to contribute to the cause.

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