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Designing the Future: Climate Change

Young people in Sheffield work towards solving some of the major issues in the world.

Designing the Future: Climate Change

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These blog posts were collated by Sheffield Futures staff, based entirely on ideas from a range of young people in Sheffield at our ‘Designing the Future’ workshop, where we asked them to discuss various topics, identify the key issues and come up with potential solutions. We strive to give a voice to all young people, so all of their points of view have been included. 

Issues

Our planet’s resources are dwindling – unsustainable sources of energy, like fossil fuels, are being taken advantage of. The carbon dioxide emitted contributes to the Greenhouse effect, and the resulting global warming would make sea levels rise and cause many countries to be flooded. Many people travel alone to work in a car that can fit 5, which is clearly a waste of petrol.

Our increasing consumerism demands more electricity and more meat – but mass farming of livestock increases methane levels, contributing to the greenhouse gases and therefore to global warming.

The government’s taxes on renewable energy are set to rise, meaning the sector will suffer – less people will be able to afford it, meaning less money will go towards researching and refining methods of acquiring sustainable energy.

 

Solutions

One of the crucial ways to combat climate change is by investing in, rather than taxing, renewable sources of energy. This encourages the growth of the sector, allowing more research to yield more innovative, efficient ways of procuring energy sustainably.

A very simple way is to invest in more energy efficient buildings that don’t need much electricity in the first place. Eco-houses require minimal heating due to their insulation, with skylights providing natural light in the day time, and many other ways of bypassing the need for electricity. We should encourage people to purchase light bulbs. One suggestion is to limit the use of energy per person or per household, or reward low energy consumption – use under a certain amount of electricity and receive a free theatre ticket.

Subsidising public transport would encourage more people to get the bus, which is a much more energy-efficient way of getting around. Car-sharing should be encouraged and rewarded for regular commutes, as this would ease traffic significantly as well as reducing fossil fuel emissions.

Environmental awareness should be a more prevalent part of the curriculum – teaching the next generation about the consequences of wasting resources is an effective way to make sure they treat the Earth well in the future.

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