BBC Climate Challenge is an online environmental game that focuses on policy and sustainable development over a 110 year period.
BBC Climate Challenge challenges you to make decisions to tackle global climate change for the millennium 2000-2100 choosing polices to try to persuade other international climate change representatives to reduce their carbon emissions during an international Roundtable on climate change attended by delegates from: North America, South America, Europe, North Asia, South Asia and Pacific.
The game has many different stages in order to advance. You must choose a character to represent you in global climate change negotiations. The majority of the game focuses on the challenges of the ‘policy screen’, whereby you choose policies for the nation that balance the need to lower CO2 emissions, while at the same time, you have the responsibility for maintaining vital resources.
Policy choice selections are: low-intensity farming, organic farming, building regulations, introduction of CO2 taxes, biogas from landfills (capturing methane gas), subsidizing hybrid vehicles, introducing carbon trading schemes, promoting domestic wind turbines, building wind farms and promoting personal energy efficiency initiatives.
Players are faced with policy choice challenges such as: whether or not to invoke policy to invest billions to build bigger defence mechanisms to counteract floods in low lying vulnerable countries; building water treatment plants; installing solar panels; discouraging air travel; increasing emissions trading; switching from coal to gas.
You get to set polices for different aspects of government focusing on national, imports and exports, industry, local and household. This on-line environmental has you challenging policies for different category aspects of government: National, Imports and Exports, Industry, Local and Household. Click the relevant building icon to see the policies that you select. Resources available include: money; food; power; water which are evaluated by means of ‘red’ and ‘green’ effectiveness gauges.
‘Tutorials’ show how each policy will affect your choices. If you do not want a specific policy, click the icon again to remove it. Click the ‘Send Foreign Aid’ card (which launches a pro-active foreign aid program to help developing countries), and watch the ‘resource’ bar move accordingly.
You are given a ‘moral charge’: wealthy developed nations must remember to help those less fortunate, which is evaluated by a ‘green’/positive icon; whereas, cynical attitudes, portrayed by the attitude: Why bother to assist less-fortunate developing countries when a large proportion of aid is skimmed off by greedy government officials or bureaucrats?, depicted by a ‘red’/negative icon.
Starting in 2040, you get to fund a space program for future development. Four stages in the program lead up to the colonization of the moon and going to Mars. It is very expensive and has an environmental burden; however, as the program continues political support significantly increases. At the end of the game you will get evaluated by three percentage scores: environment, wealth, and popularity.
Enjoy this exciting, challenging, educational game while at the same time developing your decision-making and negotiation skills.