Don’t underestimate the comprehension of children

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Editor:

Re: “Indoctrinated for the New Green Age,” April 5.

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At the dinner table last night, we adults were talking about how the birds eat our blueberries, and the deer eat our raspberries, and the bears eat our apples, and fences don’t keep them out.

My Grade 2 granddaughter Keita interjected with, “The animals were here first so they should be allowed a share of what we have.”

Keita’s statement put me in mind of your point of view, Mr. Gleeson, that children who have an opinion on climate change are just regurgitating what they heard from a teacher. I think you underestimate the global comprehension that children today have.

Her dad countered that, when it comes to domestic plants that we have put in the ground and taken care to grow, maybe that rule doesn’t follow, but she still held that wild animals deserve a share.

I could only add that before we came here and cleared the land and built our home and planted a garden, this was the animals’ home.

My granddaughter watches David Suzuki’s The Nature of Things. Maybe that is where she got what you refer to as “politically indoctrinated.”

Carolann Glover, Roberts Creek

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