Experts say green "brainwashing" is scaring preschoolersPosted by DarthDilbert at 10/29/2009 02:34:00 PM
Parents have accused early childhood centres of "greenwashing" their children by burdening them with the responsibility of saving the world.
Tots as young as three have sent letters to Kevin Rudd about their passion for green living and asked companies to reduce their packaging.
Others are growing their own food, repairing toys and walking to preschool in an effort to reduce their toll on the environment.
But experts have called for caution in teaching children about climate change because of the potential for fear, anxiety, frustration, anger and despair at catastrophic events.
Mother Paula Driscoll, from Sydney, said environmental disaster was the new nuclear holocaust.
"Nuclear war and weapons were our big worry," she said.
"This generation, their great worry is green. It is drummed into them everywhere."
Schoolchildren raised running out of drinking water, rising sea levels and the extinction of polar bears in a survey on their views last year.
"Children of that age should not be thinking the world is coming to an end," Sydney father-of-three Andrew Potter, 35, said.
"It is a form of propaganda."
Reason # to homeschool.