New climate change game for schools

2010-03-09 - School kids can now learn about climate change by simply playing a game thanks to ABB South Africa.
The game encourages debate around climate change and explores actions to help mitigate climate change. The eventual outcome is that learners draw up a personal plan on how to combat climate change in their schools, homes and communities.

In 2009 ABB, the funder of the Climate Change Game, generously agreed to sponsor the production of 1500 copies of the game for the WESSA/WWF Eco-Schools Programme and the Eskom E&S Programme, while the balance is available to schools through ShareNet. Orders can be placed at 033 330 3931 x 144 or sharenet@wessa.co.za. Packs cost R50 each.

The concept of global warming or climate change is often difficult for children and adults to understand as it involves being able to see the “bigger picture” on a global scale. However, in order to implement sustainable solutions in combating climate change, it is important that individual citizens of the earth understand their contribution to climate change and their role in being a part of the solution in preventing climate change.

In 2007, Ms Majola, an educator at Ensingweni Primary held an art competition for her Grade 7 learners. The learners painted picture that represented the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change. Sixteen pictures were selected and developed into the puzzling climate change pictures building game.

The school realized that the tool was an invaluable teaching aid and they wanted to share it with other schools. With funds from the Energy Global Fund, they employed a professional artist to redo the artwork based on the original pictures from the grade 7 learners. This game was then distributed to the 176 schools registered with the Eskom Energy and sustainable Programme.

“Instead of developing something from scratch, we collected various existing resources on sustainable living into an information pack and game that would promote interaction and debate about climate change in classrooms ” says Hettie Gets, Conservation Education Programme Manager at WWF South Africa.

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