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The Idea Seeker Digital Newspaper   August 30, 2007 - Issue #15  
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About an Idea Seeker - Dumonde

Dumonde is one very smart kid. He's 11 years old but already he is in 8th grade because he knows so much. He has traveled and lived all over the world with his parents who are anthropologists. This has given him a chance to learn about different cultures, languages and customs.

Dumonde has a great talent for making new inventions. He is always coming up with new ideas on how to improve people's lives.

The Idea Seekers Spec, Tra and Kimma are some of Dumonde's best friends. Even though he is very humble and quiet, his fellow Idea Seekers appreciate the knowledge and talents he has.

We at the Sarillion Monitor wanted to get to know more about Dumonde.

Your parents are anthropologists and have traveled all over the world. How has this affected you?

I've been really lucky to live and travel the world and even though it was hard always being the new kid, I have made friends in nearly every country. I know a lot about different cultures and languages for example, did you know that the snack called "potato chips" in American are called "crisps" in the United Kingdom or in Australia. Also an "elevator" is called a "lift" or the "hood" of a car is called the "bonnet." I speak many different languages besides English. This allows me to have conversations with all kinds of people no matter what country they call "home."

What were your first thoughts when you heard about the attack on planet Sarillion by the Darkness of Dumbness and his Clouds of Chaos?

When Princess Kimma gave me the horrible news, I was both shocked and saddened. Why would anyone want to harm Sarillion? Then I remembered the Darkness hates the peace, harmony and happiness of a planet in balance. He also hates the way Pleethars work together with good teamwork to make Sarillion a wonderful place. Based on these facts, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out his plan - destroy the planet through a climate crisis and stop people from working together in a team to defeat him.

I could have ignored Sarillion's climate crisis because I live on Planet Earth, but Sarillion means a lot to me because so many of my friends live there. Plus, Earth is dealing with its own climate crisis and we can learn from what Master Idea Seekers are doing to make a difference around the Universe.

What are you doing about Earth's own climate crisis?

I have to admit that I really needed to learn more about climate change and how to be energy efficient. Once the Idea Seeker Teams were formed and began to fight in the Team Challenge, I listened carefully to what they had to say. They told me about climate change and how it can harm people, oceans, animals and the atmosphere. They also gave me great advice on how to be energy efficient so you can reduce CO2 emissions being released into the atmosphere.

Soon I began to make small changes and I encouraged others to do the same. I now keep my PDA charger unplugged when I'm not charging my PDA and I remind my parents to unplug their cell phone chargers when they are not charging their phones. The other day I helped my dad change the standard lightbulbs in our house to compact fluorescent lightbulbs. We also recycle plastic, glass and paper. In fact, I'm currently working on a machine that can separate different recyclables into different piles. I'm trying to make this machine with recycled machines parts I've found lying around instead of making new parts.

Once I start school, I'm going to try to convince the teachers and my Principal that we should become more energy efficient in the classroom and school building. I even started working on a presentation that I hope to give to the students and teachers at our first assembly.

Traveling all over the world with my parents has given me a great deal of appreciation for the beauty of different countries. I'd hate to see the oceans, forests and animals harmed by climate change. It doesn't matter if it's in my own backyard, on another continent or another planet.

Do you think a Team Challenge on Earth would work?

I do think something like a Team Challenge to learn and attack a certain problem can work. I've been discussing climate change and energy efficiency with some of my friends and they are really excited about making changes and saving plants and animals. One of my friends just told me that his mom now uses cloth bags whenever she goes grocery shopping so she doesn't cause more plastic bags to be made. Another friend told me she's designing a Web site on how kids can be energy efficient at home and at school.

I really want to thank the Idea Seeker Teams for being so inspiring. They are a big reason why I care so much about climate change and energy efficiency. Everything I've learned about climate change and energy efficiency I have put into my PDA.

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