‘Big people should do more to solve climate change’

Samarth Satish and Arjun Maganahalli show their design of a robot that can sow buckwheat.

Flower boxes have been sown with buckwheat seeds at the entrance of the international primary school in Hilversum. It is the work of Arjun Maganahalli and Samarth Satish and their classmates, who have sown the plants to increase biodiversity – the flowers attract bees. “We want to do something for the environment,” Arjun says about it later in their classroom. Arjun and Samarth’s parents are from India and work as expats in the Netherlands, but the two friends have been living in Hilversum for a long time. They have been playing cricket together and have been in the same class all their primary school days.

“I’m concerned about climate change,” Arjun says. “The ice at the North Pole is melting. We need to fix this problem before it’s too late. We can of course travel into space to find another planet, but we might destroy it too. We’d better keep our own planet.” Samarth is also concerned about the climate. Both boys enjoy engineering and inventing things and excel in math at school.

That’s why they really enjoyed participating in the Global Children’s Designathon, a design competition by Designathon Works† This design competition for a sustainable future was held at 42 primary schools in the Netherlands, but also in 23 other countries worldwide. Samarth: “We have designed a robot that sows buckwheat, which you can control online.” The children made a model of the cart. They have thought of everything. “The machine runs on solar energy and is made from recycled materials. The paint on the robot is natural, and it makes no noise so it doesn’t disturb the environment,” explains Samarth.

To combat climate change, Arjun wants to try to eat less meat. Samarth is already a vegetarian. “We drive an electric car, and in recent years we have flown less often to India to visit family,” says Samarth. “But I also think that grown-ups should try more to do something about the problem,” Arjun says. “People do listen to Gretha Thunberg, but they have to listen to all the children.”

They both hope that people will take better care of animals and nature in the future. “Many people now live in cities, apart from the animals that live in natural parks,” Arjun says. “What if we didn’t keep people away from nature and still keep it beautiful. With enough space for the animals and plants, next to the people. We could share the world.”

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