Climate kids grill cabinet ministers

Solar panels on the roof of Parliament, bicycle-powered television sets, and streetlamps with mini-wind turbines were just three of the ideas put to ministers this morning by young winners of a National Geographic climate competition.

As part of Climate Week (12-18 March 2012), Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey and Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman met five winners aged between 8 and 12 of the National Geographic Kids magazine climate change competition, and listened to what they had to say about climate change and what they want the world to look like in 2050.

The competition winners met the two Cabinet ministers at the Science Museum’s Planet Science exhibit, a striking 3D animated globe that shows how the world looks from an astronaut’s perspective. It displays large-scale animations of real satellite data which reveal how climate change affects the world.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said: “Some of our most creative minds are also the youngest. Today’s winning entries give us an insight into what 2050 could look like, a more sustainable world where society has changed in a positive way to tackle the threat of climate change. I’m delighted to be able to meet the winners as part of Climate Week.”

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: “The world could look very different in future because of climate change, and it’s this generation’s children who will really see the difference. That’s why I am delighted to discover the great ideas young people already have about how to prepare for climate change and protect their planet. Their enthusiasm is a great inspiration for us to double our efforts to stop climate change getting worse.”

Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum, added: “We are committed to engaging visitors of all ages in the latest contemporary science issues. Through our atmosphere gallery and Climate Changing programme visitors can learn more about the impact of the changing climate on our planet – as part of an enjoyable day out at the Science Museum.”

The National Geographic Kids magazine competition challenged readers to submit their ideas and designs to help tackle climate change. The competition ran in January and February 2012 and received 586 entries.