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What can board games teach students about climate change?

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🗞️ Driving the news: A professor specializing in environmental literature tested several of these games with climate activists and educators to assess their ability to effectively convey the challenges and scientific realities of climate change and global warming
• They aim to spark discussions about values, perspective, conflict, emotions, and decision-making related to climate challenges

🔭 The context: A growing assortment of climate change-themed board games is emerging in the gaming scene
• Most traditional board games are competitive, but given the collective impact of climate change, these thematic games emphasize collaboration and shared success or failure

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The integration of these games can provide an engaging, interactive way for students and individuals to learn about climate change, the environment, and the urgent need for solutions
• They can potentially instill a sense of responsibility and awareness, encouraging informed conversations and actions to mitigate climate crisis impacts

⏭️ What’s next: It’s expected that such games will be further integrated into educational curriculums to facilitate learning and discussions about climate change and environmental conservation

💬 One quote: “Since climate change affects the whole world, climate change board games emphasize teamwork and group success. Either all players win together, or no one survives.” (Debra J. Rosenthal, Professor at John Carroll University)

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