Climate change is becoming an increasingly pressing issue as carbon emissions, energy consumption, and depletion of natural resources all begin to rise due to a combination of increased global population, human activities, and inefficient usage of resources. This has resulted in numerous negative impacts, including, but not limited to, bleaching of coral reefs, extreme weather events, and melting ice caps, and studies indicate that this might only be the beginning; since the 19th century, the average temperature on Earth has increased by only one degree Celsius, yet that one degree led to a multitude of harmful effects. These effects are likely to be worsened as temperatures currently continue to rise rapidly such that temperatures might rise another one degree Celsius by 2030. However, just like how that single degree resulted in a multitude of effects, the act of a single person can contribute to helping stop the rise in temperature. Thus, Eco-Q aims to spread awareness and encourage environmental sustainability from everyone, with an extra focus on children to help foster sustainable habits at a young age. Together, we can all help slow and even reverse the increase in temperatures!
What it does
Users are able to navigate to different tabs on the website to learn about proper waste disposal and environmental sustainability. The Home page provides an overview of the current issue with improper waste disposal as well as steps to prevent being part of the problem. The Mario page provides a fun interactive game with users playing as the earth jumping over trash. The Sorting page provides a way to directly test the user’s knowledge about items that are recyclable, so the user can easily apply this knowledge to real life situations and easily recognize objects that are recyclable.
How we built it
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What's next for Eco-Q
Eco-Q currently focuses on educating kids on the importance of environmental sustainability and everyone doing their part to ensure the Earth stays clean for generations. This functionality can be enhanced by providing a checklist that can help streamline information and keep the user updated on their progress as they check off tasks they have completed. From there, Eco-Q’s next step is to provide more resources for people to begin doing their part, such as utilizing geolocation to help provide suggestions to users about sustainable/local companies and recycling centers nearby or connecting the website to hardware such as Alexa and Google Home to control utilities (like turning off lights) to reduce energy consumption. Additionally, Eco-Q was built with the help of an online IDE (Glitch) to execute the code and create the website interface since we were all first-time hackers. Thus, moving forwards, we aim to transfer the code to GitHub, make the code more friendly to different platforms (mobile view, desktop view, and so on) and establish a unique domain name for our website.