With an increasing urgency to address the impacts of climate change, we need innovative solutions to reach many people at once, as soon as possible, equipping them with the tools to build resilient communities.
people play video games across the globe.
Using gaming technology to build climate resilience among individuals and communities.
Arsht-Rock will use gaming technology to educate and equip players of all ages with new knowledge and skills to protect themselves and their community from climate change. This will require going to where billions of people already are, with the knowledge that will drive the changes needed to save ourselves and our planet.
Some of the climate challenges that will be addressed include extreme heat, rising seas, coastal flooding, flash floods, droughts, wildfires, earthquakes, and unplanned urbanization. Through playing videogames, players will experiment with and learn how to implement resilience solutions, binging about real change that will save lives and livelihoods.
In partnership with industry veterans Chance Glasco and Grant Shonkwiler—developers of two of the most successful games of our time, Call of Duty and Fortnite—as well as game design experts, developers, some of the world’s biggest gaming companies, and educational institutions, Arsht-Rock will implement a three-tiered strategy to reach 300 million players across the world.
Resilience in action
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Partnering with AAA game companies
Arsht-Rock will establish partnerships with large game publishing or AAA gaming companies to bring relevant action-oriented climate resilience content that educates players.
Providing support for indie developers
Arsht-Rock is providing support for indie developers to include gameplay where players interact with climate resilience solutions by providing grants to top-tier game studios and potentially commercially successful games.
Arsht-Rock’s Gaming Center of Excellence
We are establishing Arsht-Rock as a Center of Excellence within the gaming industry to be the go-to experts with evidence-based interventions on climate resilience action and adaptation. Arsht-Rock’s Gaming Center of Excellence will educate developers on how to make games using transformational game design to inform and activate players.
How does gaming build climate resilience?
The global reach of gaming technology, from video games to virtual reality, offers an extraordinary opportunity to improve people’s understanding of climate change and its challenges. Every day, nearly three billion people play video games worldwide—that is over one-third of the world’s population, spanning every continent, age, gender, ethnicity, education level, and social class.
Games such as Fortnite and Call of Duty have reached massive levels of popularity and players all over the world, finding a media niche just as prevalent as movies, TV, and print, making them an ideal platform for education and behavior change on a large scale. They also can provide invaluable sources of data that are desperately needed to measure progress and understand how prepared people are to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.
Complex solutions require ongoing learning and skill development, the collaboration of experts and ordinary people to organize a strategy, providing mutual support, and design workable solutions, and cooperative action to implement them. The more people play games, the more they learn. All of these elements together are the key to developing the ability to solve increasingly difficult challenges.