Upon Donald Trump vocalising his intention to remove the US from the Paris Agreement, the entirety of the world seemed to unite in their aim to convince him to reverse his decision, and ensure the effects of climate change continued to remain at the forefront of global focus. Multiple nations have reemphasised this, with Emmanuel Macron, who in the aftermath of his election victory reiterated his quest to make France eco-friendlier, perhaps a prime contributor in achieving this goal. Yet, an important factor in reducing emissions may be an event which might be required to increase publicity levels to earn the necessary recognition; the World Solar Challenge, which recently commenced, challenges competitors to race across the entirety of Australia using solely solar powered vehicles, and with this year’s edition celebrating 30 years since the tournament’s inception, the event may have proven its benefits to society. Yet, with the race continuing to be utilised to test innovative contraptions, it seems the organisers, and competitors, may still be aiming to improve, and create a fresh mode of transport which productively impacts earth.
Whilst the rules, and format, seem to have consistently been renovated across the tournament’s tenure in the quest to provide intriguing encounters, the overarching goal seems to have remained the same: to promote research on solar powered vehicles. With recent statistics suggesting a rise in emission levels, perhaps due to the influx of car usage, the desire to highlight alternative power sources may have intensified, and this may be the major factor behind the event’s maintenance of relevance.
With the event’s inception occurring in 1987, the race seems to have already amassed credibility and recognition, and with a website dedicated to the occasion, and multiple pictures and videos available across the internet, it seems, whilst occurring in Australia, the organisers may be aiming to have a global effect. With multiple cities across the globe striving to become greener, this may also contribute to its reach, and with the ideology underpinning most of society’s desires, coupling this with the race format itself may enable there to be a factor which everyone may enjoy. As such, the consistent innovation, and aiming for improvement, may be the events crowning glory, as it remains relevant by continuously advancing both the technology and the appeal.
Whilst the race itself may naturally be at the forefront of focus, as victory may cement the creators’ position in the record books, and provide them with an influx of opportunities, it may be the actual creation of the cars themselves, and the impact this may have, which may be worthier of the plaudits. With its contribution to achieving global goals significant, politicians may be aiming to use this in their personal quests for glory. Labour may be the most notable utilisers of this, as with the party acting as the catalyst in the campaign championing black taxis, and removing Uber from the capital, supporting a fresh, alternative form of transport may showcase to the public, who may have had opposing views on Uber, they might be consistently trying to improve quality of life by providing better options for consumers.
With the event presently ongoing, this period may be pivotal in ensuring the race attains the recognition, and rewards, it potentially deserves. In uniting a smorgasbord of countries in a competitive format, the creators may have showcased their intelligence, as they may be able to resonate with the masses, and with the event also leading to scientific renovations, it may more importantly lead to improvements in other imperative areas; similar philosophies, and techniques, may be implemented to provide productive results, and with the event seemingly placing competitors in challenging circumstances due to the nature of the terrain, and the adaptability required to adhere to the rules, there may be an influx of capable scientists created as a result, who have showcased their abilities to thrive under pressure. With many teams consisting of university or college students, this may also provide an outlet for them to succeed, and prove the benefit of educating in key areas which impact the globe.
How may the technology utilised be replicated globally to ensure nations adhere to the Paris Agreement?