14/11/2015 10:37 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

This Children's Day Google Doodle Will Show You What Indian Kids Worry About


The doodle that greets you when you open the Google home page today is a fascinating one. It's looks like a painting made with crayons and shows a car sitting on a heap of urban waste in one half of it. The other half depicts a scene of rural greenery, complete with a tree, blue lakes and grazing cattle. The car has three wheels, each painted with a picture of a product manufactured in India. The emission fumes from the car's exhaust are shown spilling on to the greenery - only they look like clean brown soil, not toxic fumes.

You may wonder why Google would put out an illustration on what looks like manufacturing industries in India on Children's Day. Here's the answer: the illustration you see is the winning entry from the Doodle 4 Google contest 2015, held across India. Children from across the country's schools were asked to sumbit their doodles on the theme ‘Create Something for India’.

IBN Live reports: "The winning entry by P Karthik from Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Andhra Pradesh, shows a Plastic to Earth Machine – an idea aimed at reversing the damage done to the environment due to increased industralisation."

Karthik explained, "This is a mega machine to recycle all the waste plastic from our country and make it into a material which helps the growth of mother nature. This machine will turn the most powerful evil plastic into green."

The recurrent pattern in winning entries hint that children think seriously about environmental pollution. Most of the winning contestants have wanted to create machines that will curb pollution.

For example, another entry by P Ramya from Andhra Pradesh, showed showed the 12-year-old's visualisation of a 'green city' where only eco-friendly sources of energy are used.

Zee News reports that New Delhi's Ashita Sharma, too focussed on the need to heal the damage done to the environment by pollution. She painted three robots that will help India run efficiently, one of them is meant to catch people who litter and another would aim for 'clean and green India'.

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