There is no doubt that kids are going to feel the worst impacts of climate change. As John pointed out on his post about a conversation with his son, this poses a very real challenge to parents and educators on how to engage young people in the issue without completely freaking them out. We at TreeHugger tend to believe that the most positive thing you can do is encourage them to find solutions. Of course our very own Kenny Luna has some good experience on this front, enrolling kids in his Bright Idea campaign for Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs). Now we've come across Carbon Control, a UK competition run by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and giant food retailer Tesco which aims to encourage children's creativity in the fight to reduce carbon emissions. So far, ideas have been submitted on all aspects of environmental impact, from cleaner transportation to waste reduction. Read below the jump for one idea from 'Freddie' on reusing waste water to grow food in schools:
"Waste water in baths,showers and wash basins could be recycled by altering the waste pipe to fill a tank/waterbutt instead of going down the drain. Using a charcoal based filter, impurities could be removed and the water then used for car washing, garden watering, pond/pool filling and many other things. If we did this in schools we could then pump the purified water to reuse over and over. My school has an orchard by saving money on water use we could set up an organic fruit and veg garden for the pupils to eat for part of their five a day and water it! we could earn money for the seeds compost etc by using our recycled water to clean parents and staff cars once a week and save energy from garage car washes etc."
The campaign will run until the end of July, and entrants' ideas will be judged by a panel of experts. The winning entries will be awarded prizes, including a green makeover for their school, or class trips to the Eden Project and the Centre for Alternative Technology. The Carbon Control website also features the Carbonator, apparently the first carbon calculator to be designed with government approved data methodology, which aims to be an educational tool for raising awareness about each kid's personal impact on the environment. ::Carbon Control:: via The RSA Journal::