Climate Change: It’s in Our Hands
Exploring our responses to climate change through an interactive board game.
Climate Change: It’s In Our Hands is a classroom-based board game which helps children in upper Key Stage 2 to explore and discussion the complexities of the global climate emergency and their response to it.
The game aims to take the complex topic of climate change and make it accessible and engaging, and instil a sense of ownership that future climate change is in our hands. We hope this game can empower children to understand climate change not as an important yet distant concept, but one where they can make a difference.
Over 4 rounds, groups of children play collaboratively to take actions that contribute to the rising global temperatures. As they play, their choices affect the outcome of the game; they’ll need to work together in order to put into action strategies that will limit global temperature rises.
The game is quick and easy to play. The accompanying resources, ensure that classroom teachers are able to support the gameplay and discussions around climate change whilst the children have the autonomy to make their own decisions and put them into place in the game.
The game and supporting materials are freely available to download in the menu on the left, so you can download and print and play it in your classroom.
This game has been produced jointly by environmental scientists and outreach practitioners at Northumbria University and graphic designers at Roots and Wings. The project was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.
A special thanks to the children and teachers at New York Primary School, North Shields, for their enthusiasm and enormous help in co-designing the game.