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Recruiting Kids to Be Climate Cops: Hot Idea or Lights Out?

Think leaving a light on in an empty room is a crime? Well, it might be if this program sponsored by a British electric company takes off: it's called "Climate Cops" and using a slick, hyper-flashed website, it's recruiting kids to patrol their homes and neighborhoods for "energy crimes."

Using games to let kids "join the academy" (the games include chasing SUVs and saving polar bears from melting icebergs) the new little deputies can download doorhangers to signify a room where a violation against the planet are taking place, everything from leaving the water running to using the clothes dryer on a sunny day. The "Climate Cops" are encouraged to spy on the adults around them to create a "Climate Crime Case File" and encourages them to keep guard to make sure violations don't happen again. While it could be a cute idea, when the green blog Treehugger compares you ever so subtly to Hitler, maybe you've gone over the green edge.

What do you think? Hot idea or lights out?

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