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Tackling Climate Change from a Gamer’s POV


Logan Lawler (left) and Drew Oleski (right), who won the 2022 national Games for Change championship for their creation of Port Pickup Coping with the climate crisis is no game—but finding the solutions to it just might be.

This year, hundreds of middle and high school students from across the United States competed to design digital games that tackle timely issues impacting their communities. The themes were sustainability, voting, and building awareness of learning and cognitive differences. The annual challenge was hosted by the nonprofit Games for Change and supported by organizations like NRDC, which helped judge the Sustainable Cities category and provided educational resources to students as a Theme Partner.

Dozens of finalists squared off to win thousands of dollars in prizes, including a $10,000 scholarship from the video game company Take-Two Interactive Software and mentorship from game designers at Unity. Their entries, which can all be played inside a virtual arcade , prove that being an agent of change can actually involve, well, fun and games. Playing for the planet

Given the stakes of inaction on climate for the youngest generations, it’s perhaps no wonder that the sustainability category had the most submissions.

Among them was the city-simulation game Sustainable […]

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