- student: hey government can I have some money to go to university
- uk government: sure here you go. you'll have to pay it back but only when you're earning £21,000+ a year, and if you don't pay it off after 30 years we'll just write it off, don't worry about it man
- scottish government: nah man just go to uni we ain't gonna charge you
- us government: no. you gotta pay it yourself. upfront. your parents have to save up from the moment you're born. good luck, fucker.
instead of guilting innocent citizens into turning their lights off for an hour we could….ya know…stop multi billion dollar corporations from dumping toxic waste or using harmful VOCs in products or leaking chemicals into water supplies or deforesting for server farm land or pumping gratuitous amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere