Mission 1.5, a new mobile game, is enabling players to take on the role of climate policymakers and make decisions to try to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The mobile game, which was developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), educates people about climate policy and provides a platform for them to vote on the solutions they want to see happen.
Mission 1.5 will be promoted through advertisements in some of the world’s most popular video games, with the intention of reaching an audience not generally involved in climate discussions, according to the UNDP.
The game takes players through the different sectors of the economy that are contributing the most to climate change, such as transportation, energy, and agriculture. It also introduces them to ways to reduce gas emissions, such as by improving urban planning and transportation, using renewable energy sources, and eating plant-based diets.
After the game, players are asked to vote on key climate actions they want to see adopted. This data will be analyzed and delivered to governments, who often lack access to reliable information on public opinion on climate action.
The data the game collects will then be compiled and analysed by researchers at the University of Oxford before being delivered to government leaders and climate policymakers. It will help policymakers better understand how citizens in all corners of the earth are envisioning their future.
The last decade was the hottest on record. Land and ocean temperatures are rising, polar ice and mountain is melting and weather is becoming more unpredictable and deadly.
The game, developed by UNDP with partners, was beta-tested last September and 1.25 million players voted. The Mission 1.5 game is available at mission1point5.org and can be played by people in every country in the world. It will initally launch in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, with further roll-out internationally throughout the year.
Nigerian Afrobeats star and UNDP Advocate Yemi Alade said: “The choices that countries such as Nigeria make today on climate change will deeply affect generations to come,” says . “We have so many challenges facing us—gender inequality, ecosystems crumbling, wildlife numbers falling—and they’re all tied to climate change. It is a critical moment for all of us to make our voices heard, and Mission 1.5 provides that opportunity.”
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