Non-voters have ideas

Following up from my views at the weekend regarding children and voting, Google today released the results of a collaborative project for school children to put forward ideas to deal with climate change. Here are the Top 10 ideas:

Include global warming/climate change in school curricula (as part of National Science Standards), so when the students are in charge they can make educated decisions.

Increase availability of low-interest Energy Efficient Mortgages to support homeowners who increase the energy efficiency of their homes.

Put light sensors in all office and school buildings so all lights go off when the rooms are empty.

Require that all products contributing to global warming be marked with a specific color (e.g., chemical pesticides could be marked with a red sticker for being extremely dangerous to the environment).

Use less paper; use the back of the paper to print on or write on; use recycled paper.

Plant more trees to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Teach recycling techniques in classes and school-wide programs.

Make recycling mandatory in all public facilities, such as schools, parks and beaches.

Do public service announcements on TV featuring celebrities promoting carpooling, walking, riding bikes, using public transportation, conserving electricity and recycling.

Give grants and tax credits to companies that invest in alternative, sustainable, emission-free fuel technologies while ending such subsidies for fossil fuel production.

You can read the rest of the Top 50 here. What is interesting is how many involve the provision of good economic incentives to internalise externalities. You can also read there about the process by which these ideas were generated and prioritised. Would that millions of dollars of commissioned government reports could do so well.

3 thoughts on “Non-voters have ideas”

  1. Joshua, I asked my 8 year old son about his political views. He favoured strong redistributions of income and wealth to poor people which I found pleasantly refreshing.

    But he also favoured cost-savings on the election supply side. Dad, why don’t they just toss a coin?

    Generally, like you, I am interested in how young kids see the world. It tends to restore your faith in the future a bit. They are so nice – particularly as pre-teens.


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