A friend of mine is working on an interesting project – developing an interactive climate change game for school students, roughly of ages 12 – 16. The aim of this game is to be a tool in the schools to teach about the global impacts of climate change, and trigger the students to consider what they can do to help in their everyday lives.
I love this idea and approach in education, as it helps develop thinking skills and encourages proactive action. It will motivate students to consider their actions and see the bigger picture of global interconnectivity. This approach to education further builds self confidence of the students as they are treated as thinking individuals, whose opinions and perspectives matter and who are trusted to find and analyse information, process it and then come up with their own ideas and solutions.
In a world where “information” is readily available on a touch of a fingertip, it’s essential to teach the next generation to think. Critical thinking, questioning, evaluation and consideration on the information at hand are no easy skills and yet of utmost importance. The world is a complex place and there are no simple truths, therefore a thinking generation is a must for our future survival.
With some extra time on my hands, I promised to help by collecting climate change stories, challenges and solutions in Singapore and the Southeast Asia region. It’s easy to summarise big climate change issues in the region, varying from deforestation and ocean pollution to food waste an e-waste recycling. It’s also easy for me to feature solutions and good attempts at addressing the issues, as it’s been my daily work for years to work together with companies in shaping their sustainability strategies, supporting strategic stakeholder engagement and promoting the communications on success stories and sustainability initiatives. The tougher part is in formulating these topics into easy to digest info packages and especially in creating questions, tasks and ways for the players to interact and understand their individual contribution and opportunities.
I will also be pushing for private sector involvement in the game content. I’m personally passionate about engaging the private sector to the development work and believe the private sector will be the future game changer in tackling climate change. And the players of the game will be the nex generation customers, employees and decision makers.
If you also have climate action stories to share or ideas for game content in terms of short tasks or questions, do let me know!