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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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insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
This is totally creepy.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I dare some little Sh*t in my nieghborhood to tell me I am wasting water by watering my plants or energy by running my dryer to much or gas by not carpooling. They may want to wear clothes they dont mind getting wet. I dont mind teaching children to conserve, I grew up hearing "if its yellow let it mellow if its brown flush it down" and to turn off lights, or dont leave the front door open "do you live in a barn?" I was taught to dry clothes outside when you could, and to pick up trash, but I was never told to watch my neighbors for "violations" like that. There is a time and a place to teach your kids safety information and about conserving energy and saving the environment, but you dont make them think that they are little climate cops and therefore interfere with thier childhood!!
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
That seems like pretend play to me. I remember playing office when I was a kid. I kept files too and gave my friends write-ups, paychecks (I pissed off my mom but writing all over her checks) and whole bit. Obviously -- the real world is different than that of my childhood pretend world. I SERIOUSLY don't see how this is a big deal.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
To all of you who think this is a great idea: How is telling your children to keep files on their family, friends and neighbors be a good idea? Please, I want to know!
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I think this is a great idea.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Yeah, spying on adults opens a whole new set of possible things children shouldn't see ;)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I'll say it again- I have absolutely no problem with teaching children to be environmentally conscious, but to tell them to keep a FILE on their neighbors?!?!? That is Hitler youth, that is 1984.
kittyhill kittyhill 8 years
I think this is a creative way to get kids to be more conscientious about their environment. My mom works for a water district that brings water to Southern California, & I remember in 3rd grade when she came for career day & showed us a video about the "water bandits," cartoon representations of runny faucets, hoses & sprinklers left on too long, etc., & portrayed them as outlaws. I STILL remember it (as you can tell), & it motivated me to turn off the faucet!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Agreed, Mich.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
You disagree that it's better to not waste paper in the first place? That seems odd.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
:oy: [Yes, it's better than doing nothing, but even better still is not wasting paper, that's all I was saying.] Yeah -- I get your point and I just happen to disagree with you on this -- all I was saying. I'm not a fan of the PO either -- but the reason why it's slow is because of the ppl in line who don't take the time to package up boxes before they stand in line. I managed a postal center for a year -- and man that job was a royal pain. I know way more than I want to know about the PO.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Exactly, buy the forever stamps Haus. Then no more worrying about the rates! Which reminds me...I need stamps!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
That's fair. But I give away one cent stamps as a marketing giveaway, so I don't mind when they go up! Also, at least you can get the forever stamps now. When I lived in the bay area, I had seriously the meanest post people ever, ever. They would yell at you if you had food in the lobby and just grunt when you asked how they were doing. But everywhere else they've been super nice.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
because they keep f'n with the stamps! the rates go up all the time! just when i buy a book, BOOM, rates change and then i have to buy those annoying 1 cent ones... and what do we have to show for it? Nothing! No increase in customer service. No increase services provided. Just that we have to pay more money to pay a bill. Well I say thanks but no thanks! And why do they always have only 1 person working? Cmon people! I do have to say though, the post officer here has the nicest staff ever. They are borderline creepy nice.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>i personally cant stand the USPS and think that they should thank the heavens that Netflix came into business or they'd be bankrupt by now. Oh, no! Why? For some reason I love the post office. I love stamps, and I just think it's this amazing function of government.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>[Recycling does not make it a wash. Recycling is the lowest runt on the ladder, reduce first, then reuse, and if all else fails recycle.] It's better than doing nothing. Yes, it's better than doing nothing, but even better still is not wasting paper, that's all I was saying.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I have absolutely no problem with teaching children to be environmentally conscious, but to tell them to keep a FILE on their neighbors?!?!? That is Hitler youth, that is 1984.
verily verily 8 years
Kids being recruited by a large agency to tattle on others... Sounds familiar. Okay, maybe this is a lot more innocent and well-intended. Our city utility company encourages locals to report egregious water waste already; pretty much the same thing. If parents aren't teaching kids to converse our resources, then making a program that teaches them would be a good thing. Those children will then pass those values on to their children and so forth. I used to be baffled/annoyed by my father's mania about turning off lights, keeping the AC/heat at a conservative level that almost exceeds our comfort levels, turning off the water to lather up while showering, recycling everything, installing low-flow faucets/toilets, etc...before it became the It thing to do. Now I do almost all of the same things without even thinking about it.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Stop using paper -- let's go back to slates!!!! (like Anne of Green ;))
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
Kids are told what to do and told they are wrong a lot.. it is right up their ally to be able to say gotcha to parents on wasting energy.. at the same time opens up discussion as to coservation and what they could do as a family to help the environment.. unless you had lazy parents who have no interest in conservation it shouldn't be a problem.. its not like they are saying THE WORLD WILL END UNLESS YOU DO THIS KIDS.. it is saying you can can make it better and you as a kid can educate adults.. thats fun as a kid.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
:rotfl: it does kinda look like that.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
hahah AMY! thats too funny! and dream, yes books are a waste, get kids Kindles!! ;)
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Wade: that ALMOST looks like "Cool. Little kids love titties." I'm in a mood.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
ah I mean *you're grounded
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
:P So -- I guess books are also wasteful - printing and what not. My point is I think it's ok, the kids will learn something -- and if they get out of line -- parents can always sit them down and do some er parenting. "Timeout" also works as well as "your grounded".
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