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Ready4anotherCoffee Fri 18-Jul-08 20:00:24

Don't get me wrong, I recycle etc.

Can't quite put my finger on it, but I just feel uncomfortable with the heavy emphasis[sp?] placed on these issues both within the programs and in the space filling bits. Just feels as though it's being forced down viewer necks.

I know the obvious is don't watch it, but putting that aside, is it me?

sarah293 Fri 18-Jul-08 20:01:37

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misdee Fri 18-Jul-08 20:03:08

doesnt bother me.

scottishmum007 Fri 18-Jul-08 20:04:19

i just started a thread on this very topic hmm

georgiemama Fri 18-Jul-08 20:06:06

Yes it bothers me. It is a political issue and I don't think it should be shoved down children's throats in that way.

And it is so inaccurate. That song they do about turning the tap off. Yes, obviously you should, but it claims doing so "could" save enough water to fill a paddling pool. Over what period? How big a paddling pool??


Also the Green Balloon Club children are nauseating. Bllleuuurggghhhhhh

sarah293 Fri 18-Jul-08 20:06:57

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mamabea Fri 18-Jul-08 20:07:48

I suppose eco issues will be very pertinant to the next generation(as it is to ours). Start them young I say.

georgiemama Fri 18-Jul-08 20:08:30

Oh I know, but I still go grr. I might link this to the "what annoys you irrationally" thread, because that completely sweet little girl annoys me irrationally and I know I am being mean.

AuntyJ Fri 18-Jul-08 20:08:31

It does my head in but then I think that the next generation needs to understand & do it. Its worked in our house got told off the other day when I put a bottle in the wrong box. DD is 3.

spicemonster Fri 18-Jul-08 20:13:21

yes scottishmum you did. And they're right next to one another! One is enough I think wink

scottishmum007 Fri 18-Jul-08 20:21:41

I know that's why I'm wondering why on earth has someone posted a thread on Cbeebies and eco friendly stuff when I just started one myself yesterday?? surely the board is busy enough without duplicate threads?? hmm

Ready4anotherCoffee Fri 18-Jul-08 21:10:55

oopsblush, not been on much recently. sorry

gemmiegoatlegs Fri 18-Jul-08 21:12:23

ooohh that song "we are the world blah blah save it for the children" [puke emoticon]

ds LOVES it and plays it on repeat on the cbeebies website

SoupDragon Fri 18-Jul-08 21:14:27

How on earth is looking after our planet a political issue??

SoupDragon Fri 18-Jul-08 21:16:32

I mean on a personal level. Obviously the wider issues are more for governments to sort out but on a daily basis it's personal, not political.

VanillaPumpkin Fri 18-Jul-08 21:18:48

YABU. I think it is great.

lou031205 Fri 18-Jul-08 21:19:47

Not as bad as Tesco making T-shirts for children with "look after our world" etc on it.

SoupDragon Fri 18-Jul-08 21:20:07

The tap one is simple. Leave the plug in if you leave the tap running whilst cleaning your teeth. I surprised the SmallDragons with how much water they'd wasted.

Lollypopzmummy Fri 18-Jul-08 21:37:13

Has anyone else noticed that they're going on about recycling etc but when they suggest printing off your own "green star" and send it in with the reason the child got it, they don't suggest printing it on a piece of recycled paper, or the other side of already used paper?! hmm

MadamePlatypus Fri 18-Jul-08 21:44:04

"And it is so inaccurate. That song they do about turning the tap off. Yes, obviously you should, but it claims doing so "could" save enough water to fill a paddling pool. Over what period? How big a paddling pool??"

This kind of thing bothers me too.

I am also a little cynical about recycling - recycling is not a bad idea, but I am always a little concerned about the processes involved in recycling plastic for instance. More important not to consume in the first place. (Although maybe the credit crunch will help us all with that).

georgiemama Fri 18-Jul-08 21:48:21

Exactly MP - the message should be reduce, re-use and then recycle if the other two options are not viable. Just because you stick something in the recycling doesn't make you green queen.

In that stupid green balloon club song they are chucking plastic, paper and cardboard into the SAME BIN. That's not recycling, that's just chucking stuff.

I feel smuggly green enough anyway by using cloth nappies.

SoupDragon Sat 19-Jul-08 08:57:28

Just because it's not sorted doesn't mean it's not recycling. Our green box takes plastic, glass and metal - is that just chucking stuff then?? I think not.

WRT tot tap/paddling pool thing, remember CBeebies is aimed at the under 5s. They have little concept of time and less concept of capacity. They will most likely be confused by the statement "leaving a tap running at a rate of X litres per minute will result in a pool able to contain Y litres being filled in Z minutes. However, the statement that leaving a tap running wastes enough water to fill a paddling pool will make them think about the quantities involved. [sheesh]

Olihan Sat 19-Jul-08 09:02:25

Our recycling is collected in one bin - paper, plastic, card and tins all go into one wheely bin. It's then sorted by hand once it's been collected.

Recycling doesn't have to mean you need to separate it all out, it just needs to go in a different bin to the landfill one.

Love2bake Sat 19-Jul-08 09:28:15


Its good for kids to get this message early on.

Also you don't have to watch it.

MadamePlatypus Sat 19-Jul-08 09:48:18

Depends on your council. Our council won't collect rubbish that isn't sorted. Presumably you are paying quite a few people to sort your rubbish - at least its job creation I suppose.

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