A letter to the future citizens of this world

Petrol station. Soon, these words will make their way to your history books—and that’s a great thing. Gas stations are used to fill up traditional car engines with fossil fuels, such as gasoline and diesel. But now that electric cars are expected to make up 54% of global car sales by 2040, chances are that you won’t need to ever use a petrol station.

Schools in the Netherlands have long offered dummy petrol stations in the schoolyard for you to play with. It’s nothing to frown upon, if you think about it. Schools are built to prepare you for the future. And if that future includes polluting fossil fuels, then that’s what they’ve got to show you. 

However, this is no longer the reality. Electric cars already accounted for 9.9% of total car sales in the Netherlands back in 2015. Big cities such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam have even made it their mission to become CO2 neutral by 2050. This means that they’re implementing low-emission zones, electrifying their public transportation, and expanding the charging infrastructure for electric vehicle drivers – all to promote the transition from petrol to electric, and in turn, reduce their CO2 footprint.

And that’s why we’ve donated some dummy electric-car charging stations to a few schools in the Netherlands, so kids like you can already start practice charging up the electric car you’ll be driving 20 years from now. 

Why is this so important, you ask? Well, long story short, every prior generation has given you the comforts you’re enjoying today, but they also screwed up a little here and there by leaving traces that are damaging for our climate, health, and safety. To control this damage, we need to drastically reduce our CO2 footprint. And since fossil fuels take up the biggest share of total CO2 emissions, the transition towards cleaner transportation methods is now high up in the agenda of many countries. 

You see, the way the world progresses is by taking something that’s done before and reinventing it into something much greater. The same is happening with cars today. It may still take some time for grown-ups to get used to electric cars, but that won’t be the case for you. You’d have had your practice on the playground already. And that’s why we know the future will be bright. You are the future.  

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Vivian Zhou

Vivian wants to live in a car-free city, though she wouldn't mind city hopping with an electric car. On this blog, Vivian writes about the impact of electric cars, clean tech, and climate change on our daily lives.

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