DW reports that video games are adopting climate change as a theme. New games and game producers are hoping to appeal to environmentalists.

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One such game, Beyond Blue, sets a protagonist in the ocean. The game uses footage from BBC’s Blue Planet II to inspire gamers and create a real world. Alan Gershenfeld, a co-founder of E-Line Media told DW, “The more gamers care about the ocean, the more they want to explore the ocean, avocational or as a career. I believe, that’s a key step towards ocean preservation.”

The UN is also a proponent of using video games as a climate change awareness tool. The global agency released a report “PLAYING FOR THE PLANET: HOW VIDEO GAMES CAN DELIVER FOR PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT.” Video games are the fastest-growing media platform in the world.

“Given that the environment is itself wickedly complex, I think game-worlds have a huge potential for showing how change can ripple through systems; perhaps the first time in my life I truly grappled with the problem of industrial pollution was when I played the original SimCity and Civilization!,” said Tom Chatfield, Author, Fun INC in the UN report.

The Playing for the Planet Alliance is a new initiative that encourages climate action within the gaming industry.

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“The games industry is now probably the biggest entertainment medium of our time,” shared Sam Barratt, Chief of Youth, Education and Advocacy at UNEP and Alliance Co-Founder, and notes that one in three people on the planet play video games. “Their reach and engagement powers are unprecedented. If supported in the right way, the sector can be a major partner in shifting the environmental debate.”

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