Games to the planet’s rescue?

November 30, 2010

Combining fun and solutions

Many people spend at least part of their days playing games – whether solo or with others, whether face to face or across cyberspace.  So why not combine the fun of a game with the challenge of solving the world’s environmental problems?

Cool It is a card game from the Union of Concerned Scientists that teaches kids about choices that have to be made in solving climate change.  It includes a teacher’s guide, and is available here.

Fate of the World is a new video game that challenges players to “manage a balancing act of protecting the Earth’s resources and climate versus the needs of an ever-growing world population, who are demanding ever more food, power, and living space”.  It’s available here.

People like having fun – so why not make that fun time productive?  These and other games like them can help!

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