Can kids make a difference?
The making of this game has been an interesting journey. We looked at many options when raising money including government agencies, sponsors, educational entities and broadcasters.
One of the hurdles we hit surprised us. We were asked; Should you be making a game that suggests to kids that they can have an influence on climate change?
One institution said “we have to ask if a game proposing individual action on a problem that can only productively be addressed at the policy level is useful.” While a broadcasters said “the major issue for us is the link (or implied link) between actions in the real world and climate change.” They did not want kids to think they could make a difference on the animal’s habitat they were caring for.
We have always been very clear about why we are making this game and our reasons have not changed.
We want to create a game that is incredibly fun to play but at the same time empower kids and give them information that will make them more resilient and enabling to join the debate.
We know that kids feel incredibly disempowered when it comes to environmental problems and climate change. We are focusing on the individual behaviours that they do feel in control of. They will be able to see how much they can achieve if they work together as a community.
Public support is one of the crucial components needed for policy change and we are aiming to help kids understand basic principles.
Finally we asked Dr Chris Dey at Sydney University did he think Kids could make a difference?
Posted on November 17, 2013, in Our Team, Sydney University and tagged Activism, climate change, Environment, environmental game, Habitat the game, serious game. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.