Starbucks has been increasingly present lately on the green scene. In February, they gave away organic t-shirts. This month, they’ve teamed up with Global Green USA to create a “climate change” game called Planet Green. From the site,
Starbucks and Global Green USA collaborated on the Planet Green Game to educate the public about climate change through engaging and informative game play while encouraging individuals to become part of the solution in their own lives. The game also assists individuals – through simple tools and links – in advocating action by elected officials, business and community leaders”
The game thrusts your character into the fictitious town of Evergreen as you attempt to solve various environmental issues happening in the area. Unlike, say, Asteroids or Tetris, you’re actually going to have to think here. As you move through each stage, you’re rewarded with points and given the opportunity to learn about positive changes happening around the “real” world to fight Global Warming. There’s even a virtual film festival where you can watch video snippets on various topics. The game is similar to Oregon Trail — but without “James died from a snake bite” or hunting for deer. Actually, the Oregon Trail comparison is pretty terrible.
Let’s put it this way, in a videogame-fueled society, it’s great to see something interactive and entertaining for kids or “kids at heart” to learn from. Any angle that gets the public thinking about the issue of climate change is welcome. If you’d like to give it a shot, have your quarter ready and click here.