Primary school children predict how tech can stop climate change

Just how would kids tackle climate change through technology?  Well, Revolent decided to ask them in an international competition, asking primary school pupils in the UK and Australia to draw their own vision of how tech could change the world.

Shortlisted entries got to see their creations mocked up by a professional 3D designer, bringing their inventions to life. From that shortlist, Revolent’s President Nabila Salem then selected a winner from each country, who received Amazon vouchers as their prize.   Here’s some that made the shortlist:

Flying Car that Stops Climate Change

This electric car not only helps the environment through using renewable energy, it also reverses the effects of climate change. Forget hyper-fast sports cars, this car soars through the sky, refreezing Antarctica and planting trees as it goes.

The Lancet recently found that 59% of young people were extremely worried about climate change and 84% were at least moderately worried. However, this drawing in particular suggests that children theoretically understand the impact of climate change and how to reverse it. With this data, it makes sense that the typical childhood dream of a flying car has been combined with one that can end the crisis. Who knows, as technology advances, listening to the creative ideas of children might just provide us with the answers. Does this data provide insights into how children’s worldviews are evolving?

Rubbish Converter

As Worldbank states, in 2016 alone, the world generated 242 million tonnes of plastic waste – equivalent to about 24 trillion 500-millimeter, 10-gram plastic bottles. The water volume of these bottles could fill up 2,400 Olympic stadiums, 4.8 million Olympic-size swimming pools, or 40 billion bathtubs. And that’s just 12% of the total waste generated each year. With this bin, the frightening amount of waste we produce will allow all households to switch to renewable energy and reduce the impact of waste on the environment.

Further, Statista predicts worldwide municipal solid waste generation is expected to hit 3.4 bn metric tons by 2025, and with technology like this, this could be creating mass amounts of renewable energy.

You can view all 10 shortlisted entries from Revolent’s competition here – https://www.revolentgroup.com/kidsdrawtech/