One of the main criticisms of the Save Our Seafront campaign is the lack of any young campaigners within their ranks. However, last nights Shields Gazette contained an article from the pen of one “Live and Learn” Megan Stanton. I confess to not knowing much about Megan, but she is a clear and concise young writer who the Gazette allows a weekly column. This weeks prose covers the sea front issue and her view is clear:
“There is a protest group who are determined to fight such a blot on the landscape, and I give them a high five for this, at least some people are aware of what is important, our environment”
However, it is the last sentences which will sting the anti’s who follow the “no young people” argument.
From the pen of the young come the words:
“Whatever the politics of this issue, surely preserving our coastline is an investment for the future? For our children and our children’s children?
Don’t you want then to benefit from this natural resource?
Remember, once it is gone, it is gone for ever”.
So there you have it: the public don’t want it, the oldies don’t want it, and by this account, young people don’t want it.
There is an emerging generation of young people who put the environment before commerce. Ignore them at your peril.