This meme is based on a foolish notion of misplaced generational responsibility. School children live in the world created by their forebears. It is incorrect to blame them for being driven to school, for disposable bottles and plastic bags, fast food, and long haul air travel. It is also incorrect for someone to claim credit for the world of their own childhood, as that was provided by their forebears also. The world that the 'oldies' are responsible for, then, is exactly the modern world inhabited by present day school children, as the period in which a generation changes the world is in their adulthood--and often more so towards the end of their working life than at the beginning as they are in more senior positions. Someone who is eighty now would have been sixty twenty years ago and still of working age. The world of twenty years ago was pretty much identical in respect of the things being complained about here, and this was before any school child in the present was born.