Thursday, March 18th 2010, 10:33 AM EDT
Interviews by Melanie Reid, Simon de Bruxelles and Anjana Ahuja:
Raphael Rossiter,10, North London
If I was to rate my worry on a scale of one to ten, I’d put myself at six or seven. A politician came to my school and told us how climate change threatened countries with floods. He said the North Pole will melt. I just gasped. I hadn’t thought about it until then. The politician also said we should have less meat and fish on our school menu, because that was more sustainable.
When I think about climate change, I imagine floods and no blue sky. My friend told me that if floods came in the winter, it could create an ice age and you’d have to be as high as a church to be safe. Mum always has BBC News on in the car, and there’s always scientists talking about some update on climate science. I think there’s a 50-50 chance we’ll be OK in the future. People are starting to do something. My family uses as little electricity as possible and recycles everything.
Abigail Burden, 8, Middlesex
I think it’s all to do with the Sun getting warmer and all the ice melting. It doesn’t worry me and I don’t usually talk about it with my friends. The teachers don’t really mention it. Nothing scares me. But I do think about the polar bears. They are dying out because they don’t have enough food and that makes me sad.
I walk to school every day and turn the tap off when I brush my teeth. I turn the lights off when I leave a room and I recycle. I try not to waste anything.
Parker Liautaud, 15, London
The Eton College student will spend his Easter holiday skiing 70 miles (110km) from the Barneo Ice Station, in the Arctic, to the North Pole, to raise awareness of climate change.
Climate change is a big part of my life. I think about it all the time, as much as I think about GCSEs, which are less than two months away. I started getting really concerned last March when I went on an expedition to Antarctica. We saw dead penguins because there was not enough food, and collapsing icebergs. We went to a summer feeding frenzy for humpback whales; instead of dozens, we only saw a few.
I do wonder what the world will be like in 50 years’ time. A lot of people are sceptical but I’m optimistic at the positive steps people are taking. We have to keep going down the right path, because if governments lose interest there could be a serious problem. The effects of climate change will be mostly felt by my generation, and we need to be informed and interested in it.
Finn Dawson, 9, Stirlingshire
My mum told me that the sea level is rising and I know that loads of oxygen is being wasted. I used to watch the TV programme Axemen and think it was cool how the trees fell down but now I don’t think it’s good. The other thing about cutting down trees is that loads of animals are losing their homes. But I’m not too worried, it’ll be OK if everyone does their bit. At school, we pick up litter and save water and energy. I tell my parents to turn off taps and switch off lights. And we should stop going on so many trips with planes.
Angus Carnie, 14, Wiltshire
We talked about global warming in geography, mainly about what people can do to stop it and how we are running out of natural resources like oil and stuff. I haven’t really thought about how it might affect me. I’m more worried about the polar bears than what is going to happen here. They won’t have anywhere to live if the ice melts. I suppose it is happening here too, but it isn’t that obvious as you can’t see it in the same way. I think it will affect us all in the end because most people are not really helping a lot.
Iona Haig, 15, Edinburgh
Throughout my school life we have had talks on climate change, and what we can do to prevent it. People my age are terrified of what might happen to our planet; it has been drilled into our brains at school, home and even on TV. We watch the news and see earthquakes, flooding, tsunamis, and we hope that by the time we are our parents’ ages we will not be having to cope with these routinely. It is fair to say that adults “terrorise” us into recycling and switching off lights, but we care too. It’s got to the stage that every time I throw away a piece of paper, I frantically search for a recycling bin.”
Click source to read this very sad and unbalanced article (apart from Abigail Burden, 8, Middlesex). The article shows 1 in 6 results from under 16's as being on our side and indicated that public opinion is wrong (50%) or is this article saying that children are being brainwashed more then adults.