At random with Martin Laing 3.10.19

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Mixed messages

We reported last week two stories that seemed to me to contradict each other.

One was the excellent Global Climate Strike which saw hundreds of people demonstrating in Oban for urgent action to halt climate change and protect the environment. Among the countless protesters were very many young people who took time out of school to make their voices heard.

The other story was a much shorter account of the admirable souls from Keep Oban Beautiful who organised a clean-up among the Hydro ruins which resulted in around a dozen bin bags being filled with the detritus left by boozy litter louts.

Therein lies the confusion for me. On the one hand, youngsters rightly demand proactive measures to save the natural world while on the other they are carelessly dumping non-biodegradable rubbish.

I am sure the vast majority of young people are genuinely concerned for their future and that of the planet and have nothing to do with littering yet there is a cohort that persistently continues to scatter their waste with abandon.

Well done to the protesters and the Keep Oban Beautiful activists for their actions, but I would urge anyone who sees littering to report it. In this day and age, it is entirely unacceptable.

Brilliant show

I was unfortunate last week not to be able to attend Oban High School’s Little Shop of Horrors show, photographs and a report of which we have on page eight.

By all accounts it was a fantastic production. From the photos I’ve seen, it certainly looks like a highly colourful, brilliant performance.

It is to the great credit of the high school that our talented young people are encouraged to be involved in such extra-curricular activities. We are lucky indeed to have a high school in the town that puts such emphasis on the performing arts, sport and music in addition to the usual academic courses.

What do you think?

Write to me at mlaing@obantimes.co.uk or The Oban Times, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4HB, or call 01631 568021.