A new children’s game with social and environmental aims has been launched this month on the popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter.
The #ClimateDice game has been developed to help combat the growing levels of climate anxiety amongst children by harnessing the power of the imagination and providing a fun way of exploring climate change issues. By providing an opportunity for children to vocalise their worries, hopes and needs in relation to the world around them, the game’s creators believe children can imagine and realise an alternative, better future for themselves.
The enterprise is being publicly crowdfunded and has already raised over £3,500, with people pledging £10 to receive a set of Climate Dice in plastic free packaging for themselves.
For every pledge made the organisers will give away a free set of dice to schools in remote areas of the world, so children world-wide can benefit from the game for free.
The overall goal is to distribute one million dice sets by the end of 2021.
For the top pledge of £5,000 individuals and organisations can become ‘Imagination Leaders’ by donating 500 sets of the dice game to schools in remote areas.
The campaign was launched by Pendar Vatanian, a certified environmental management systems auditor and the creator of #ClimateDice.
He designed the game after working with schools for a decade, to boost children’s imaginations and help them to re-imagine an alternative positive future. Pendar is a firm believer in the positive power of the imagination, in business as well as education.
‘I’ve been working with schools on different sustainability and environmental programmes and I have seen for myself the growing levels of climate anxiety amongst school children. I wanted to help children to engage on these issues but in a positive way that wasn’t fear based,’ said Pendar.
‘So, I created #ClimateDice which is all about empowering children to use the most powerful tool they have, their imaginations, to create a better world through storytelling. If they can visualise a better way, this helps them overcome feelings of powerlessness and understand ways they can achieve their own personal positive visions for their future.’
You can find out more about the game here.
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