After I got home from work last night, the whole family (including Adam, excluding Amy) went along to Ben’s Grade 3 concert. The concert was titled “Safari” and it was all about animals loosing their habitat due to destruction of the old growth forests, jungles, savannah, water ways, and oceans.
There were four classes on stage and Ben’s class focused on aquatic animals including fish. All the kids were fantastic and were all very colourful. Ben was a Trout for the evening, and his line in the acting part was;
“Waste water can contain pollution and nutrients that cause blue-green algae. It can kill our food, take our oxygen, and disrupt the food chain.”
So watch what you put down the drain, because Ben says it is bad for the fish, OK!
There were a few songs and a wonderful dance at then end to the song “I like to move it” out of the Madagascar movie. It was hilarious, and it put a big grin on my face.
I haven’t posted any pictures on purpose, because in every shot that we had of Ben, other kids were captured as well. So in an effort to protect their privacy, there is no images in this post. Sorry but I know you all understand.
The message of the concert got through loud and clear to both me and my family, however, I do think that it was lost on most of the parents who came to watch. They were more interested in filming their little darlings with the latest digital video recorders.
I applaud and congratulate the grade 3 teachers who organised the event, and to the school for having environmental issues as part of the curriculum, and a special big well done to all the kids, who I know got the message. It took months of practice on their behalves and it looked to me that it was well worth the effort.
It just goes to show that the children of today certainly have a better understanding of environmental issues than the majority grown ups, and with this knowledge, they are a shining beacons of hope that will help clean up the mess that the likes of my generation have created. The more grown ups that get involved the better for them. The least we can give them is a very good head start and start cleaning up our act insofar as pollution, carbon emissions and the general state of our environment and put in place a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme that is effective. If you can’t do it for the kids, who can you do it for?
I’m glad Ben’s concert was a success. It sounds like you all had a great time. It’s a shame the concerts’s message was wasted on the other adults. I find that alot when I talk about the things we’re doing, people just don’t get it, even now with all the coverage that climate change is getting. It’s good to know that the kids get it. I guess they have no choice, they’re the ones who’ll be left to clean up our mess.
I know I’m a total stranger to Ben but tell him Well Done fom me.