While nations announced pledges to do more to prevent climate change, one announcement at COP26 was rather more playful.
An inflatable bouncy castle, or what we Americans refer to as a moon bounce, was debuted as a means to clean the air of CO2 and provide hours of entertainment in the process.
Within the inflatable tubes that make up the structure of the moon bounce are microscopic algae that feed on carbon and other minerals in the air. The algae actually create a biomass which can be used to make plastic-like material for manufacturing, or fuel for certain kinds of electricity production.
The pump that continuously inflates the moon bounce pulls in the CO2 in the air, and the children’s bouncing movements channel it into the algae chambers.
It was tested in Poland, and went on display early on at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference happening in Glasgow.
Featured on the BBC, this technology could give climate change the most formidable enemy it has yet faced: the relentless energy of a play-hungry schoolkid.
One such child clearly thought so when he remarked, “It could change the way we play, everything.”