Board game teaches real-world issues


Friday, 20 August, 2021

Board game teaches real-world issues

An educational board game is aiming to inspire the next generation to tackle the issue of climate change.

Climate Crisis is designed to engage players and expose the harsh reality and the negative effects that climate change is having on the Earth.

The game is effectively a call to action to encourage and inspire young trailblazers and their families to implement eco-friendly measures into their daily lifestyles to assist in combating the climate crisis.

As outlined by Linda Pope in The Journal of Sustainability Education, board games are one of the most under-utilised tools in education. Different learning styles and unique resources are some of the few positives that have come from the COVID-19 pandemic as the nature of learning has been transformed.

Inspiring creativity among students and encouraging collaborative learning and ‘collective intelligence’, board games and other interactive, educational resources such as Climate Crisis “have the potential to lead us into action in our communities and find solutions for global climate change issues”, Pope said. The combination of exposure to real-world issues, unique learning experiences and hands-on educational tools encourages kids to discuss with their peers, actively make crucial decisions, and immerse themselves in the high-risk and often uncertain conditions that board games present.

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