Carbon City Zero board game aims to get people talking about cleaning up our energy system and inspire action

Climate action group Possible have created a Carbon City Zero board game to get people talking and learning about the choices our towns and cities need to make to take action on climate change.

Possible have worked with games experts at Manchester Metropolitan University to create the game, with the aim of getting people talking about cleaning up our energy system. That means taking the carbon out of the electricity used in homes, schools and workplaces, as well as the heat used to warm buildings.

Carbon City Zero is a deck-building game for 2-4 players, suitable for ages 8+, in which players develop a sustainable city by building factories, managing people, lobbying government ministers, and raising public awareness. The game adopts the idea that as city mayor, players begin Carbon City Zero with limited resources.

Each player starts with an identical Draw Deck (and a Carbon Level of 40), buying additional cards from a shared Marketplace to create a more sustainable city. Balancing the need to generate income with reducing carbon, players can follow numerous paths to victory, creating synergies between Government, Industry, and Domestic sectors, while avoiding Snags and responding to Global Events. Once a player’s carbon level reaches zero, they win.

The board game project, which was launched via a Kickstarter campaign last month, has successfully raised more than its £500 goal. Possible’s Kickstarter campaign, which ends on 19 October 2019, has raised more than £9,700 to date.

Profits from this Kickstarter project will be used to buy additional sets of Carbon City Zero, which will be donated to schools and local climate action groups.

Possible, formerly known as 10:10 Climate Action, is expected to release the board game in January 2020.

If you would like to support the Carbon City Zero board game project, visit Possible’s Kickstarter page.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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