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I don’t know about you but I get pretty hacked off when I hear people dismissing today’s youth as ‘having no respect’. I also get pretty annoyed when I hear people denouncing the Global Climate Change movement led by the extraordinary Swedish 16-year-old, Greta Thunberg. And what really makes my blood boil is when people share Facebook posts like this:

“It’s hilarious, all these school kids preaching to us oldies that we f*cked up the planet! Back in the 60s and 70s not a plastic bottle to be seen it was all glass that were reused, pop bottles taken back to the shop. No plastic bags, loose food was brown paper bags, all sweets were bought in 1/4lb put in a paper bag. You walked to school from 5yo to 16yo not jumping into mummy’s 4+4. No McDonald’s or Burger King plastic toys, no polystyrene food boxes for you to litter the streets with, we had used newspapers to wrap our hot food in. Our milk was delivered at 5am 6 days a week by a milkman who drove an electric vehicle! Holidays were in a caravan in Britain not an aeroplane to far off destinations. So I think these youngsters need to take a look in a recycled mirror and think was it my wasteful generation who are f*cking up the planet”

Now, putting the atrocious grammar aside in the above post, I think anyone with a modicum of intelligence will agree that it is nothing more than a thinly veiled far right propaganda post, the likes of which were shared and shared and shared by your Great Anutie Iris, prior to Facebook finally banning Britain First and their ilk for being the numpties that they clearly are.

The truth is that youngsters are more politically engaged and motivated to change the world for the better than any other generation that has come before and in my humble opinion, that can only be a bloody good thing. As for the drivel quoted above, all of that may have been true in the 60s and 70s but you sure as hell can’t blame today’s 16-year-olds for the loss of more environmentally friendly practises in favour of convenience plastic.

My niece, Katie McKellar, is planning to take part in World Challenge Java 2021. The expedition will take her to Java, where she will be working to build and maintain an animal sanctuary for endangered species in the region. Animals under threat include orangutans, gibbons and chimpanzees. She is currently raising funds to help the conservation of these precious animals whilst protecting their future on this planet and here at Baa Baa Brighouse, we’d like to help her reach her goal.

So, introducing ‘Because Kids DO Have Respect’ – a sumptuously soft Shetland Island Wool aran weight yarn, hand dyed and exclusively available from Baa Baa Brighouse. £5 of every skein sold will go towards Katie’s fundraising campaign. If you’d like to read more about Katie’s expedition, visit her Go Fund Me page where you can donate directly or visit World Challenge.



Yarn: 100% Shetland Island Wool
Weight: Aran 100g skein
Length: approx 166m/182yds
Needle: 5mm/US8
Tension: 24rs x 18sts – 10cm/4”sq
Source: Britain
Care: Hand wash only, 30 degrees, do not tumble dry