Codgers are fond of telling people that one of the pleasures of getting older is not giving a crap.Using cranky old person syndrome as an excuse is, however, a bit like pleading diminished responsibility due to insanity in a court of law — it’s not my fault, your honour, I promise.The global climate rebellion is partly a response to old(er) people not really giving a toss about the planet they are leaving for the kids of the future. As 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg said last month to the UN — in a speech barely longer than this column — "you [by whom she means us older people] — have stolen our future".Thunberg and her legions of young followers are, of course, right. Older generations have either actively plundered Earth’s bounty and poisoned its air and water, or stood idly aside while the looters got on with it. Whatever problems were flagged, well, kick the can down the road for the young ’uns to pick up later.Here we are in the closing months of 2019. The rains fe...

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