Play games to help the planet
We're a big board game household. My favorite is Dominion, though I also love Bananagrams, Azul, and dozens more (just not Settlers of Catan... sorry not sorry). But I've never really played a climate-themed game.
It turns out, there are a bunch of them.
Ever played the hit craze Freerice?
This online trivia game took the world by storm and has donated over 214 billion grains of rice. They now focus a lot on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Zero Hunger and Quality Education.
But with 8 million players last year, Freerice is no hidden gem. Some other popular games include:
- Daybreak is a cooperative game with the goal of stopping climate change. It was made by the creator of the hugely-popular Pandemic and has already raised $450,000+ through their Kickstarter campaign. (I preordered this and can't wait to try it out).
- Cascadia and Wingspan are both biodiversity-themed board games with tens of thousands of positive reviews. The goal of Cascadia is to, "create a diverse and harmonious ecosystem" and Wingspan is to, "discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves".
And what about the hidden gems?
- I chatted with Todd Medema, the creator of the online game Electrify, who told me he created it from a personal research project. Combining his love for simulation games and curiosity for the right answers to fix our energy systems, he spent about three months creating this useful gamified tool.
- Gigawatt is a board game with the goal of running Europe with fully renewable energy.
- And I've mentioned it in the past, but my friend David Stack's Climate Life quiz is a great way to make personalized actions more interactive.
Has a board game ever taught you anything?
It was a great week, and here's why...
Hillary Clinton dedicated $50 million to women to fight climate change
Women are disproportionately impacted by climate change and underrepresented in current policies and solutions. We need more women at the table, and the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) is teaming up with Hillary Clinton to make it happen!
Los Angeles county said no more oil drilling
It won't come as a surprise that living near an oil well increases the likelihood of having negative health impacts like higher asthma rates. Thankfully, LA is not allowing any new drill sites while also phasing out all existing ones over the next 20 years!
Sustainable aviation fuel works
For the first time, Emirates Airlines had an aircraft successfully fly using only sustainable aviation fuel!
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Let's take some climate action...
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