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Green Games and Kids: Blog Action Day

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action Day

Today is blog action day for environment. I could not have missed making this post today.

When I made post about Go Green-Activities, I tagged people for playing Flex Your Power challenge. Most people except Ish and Nishu found it boring. So I thought I would find more interesting games.

One most important comment in my last post about environment was that most people are aware about energy conservation, yet do not have motivation to do it. My first solution to motivate others is to catch them young.

When I was kid, my Dad told me I should not waste water because people in Rajasthan do not have water easily. They travel miles to get potable water in Thar desert. His teaching about water conservation has stayed with me ever since. I still hunt through the house to fix leaking taps lest a drop of water be wasted. Saving water is part of my everyday life, I do not go out of way to do it. We need to make kids aware, so that energy conservation and recycling is ingrained part of their everyday life.

In these gamer generation, kids can be informed about such serious subjects as energy conservation in an interesting way such as games, simulation or some creative web site. These should be discussed through activities in class. I tried one of the games on my very young cousin, she was hooked. This game called Myabodo (meaning my house) was meant to create awareness amongst UK children.

In Myabodo game, you can create your own house by making a series of choices. It is a basic principle of teaching to show the consequences of your choices and mistakes so that you learn from them. In Myabodo, you can see the consequence of each choice you make in your house. Every time you make a choice, you can see how much energy you used, how much water you used, and how much waste you generated. When you house is created, you can check how green was it. I made my house, only I do not know how to embed my code in wordpress template. 😦

There are more such games. Electrocity is a game where you are the Mayor of the city and you have to make decisions for the welfare of the city. These games and education about global warming should be part of school curriculum.

Learn more about green games at:
Blog Action Day Feature: Electrocity
Play Golf for Environment
Green Games and Puzzles for Kids
Also read on recycling:
50 painless ways you can help environment today
Recycle cans to make beautiful trays: A fun tutorial
Make fun paperbags out of newspaper

Go Green-Activities

I hope the last post caught your attention about energy conservation and global warming.

We can start fighting both these causes by joining virtual march against global warming. There is much more that can be done. Here are two downloadable mini guide books to conserve energy at both home and work.

Play this interesting quiz-cum-game Flex Your Power to find out several astonishing facts about energy conservation. Though, most facts will be related to California, think for a second in the context of India, how much we can save.

I tag Amit, Ashish, Dinsan, Ish, Nishu, Pradeep, and Dev to play the Flex Your Power game. They need to present their game score and state three facts about global warming/energy conservation that intrigued them while playing the game. I will compile a list of best 10 facts from those posted by you here in my blog. 🙂

And, you should tag at least two more people to play the game.

I realize some of you must be bored with tagging. But I wanted a way that could intrigue some more conscientious and sensible folks like you. This should help spread the word. 🙂

In case, you choose to decline, I would not mind.. Sniff.. Sniff.. 😦

Update: My friend, Ramesh, played the quiz, got a poor 853. He didn’t register a single fact. 😦 Apparently, quiz-cum-game Flex Your Power failed to evoke his interest. So much for my optimism. 😦


Go Green!

Have you ever wondered why it never rained during rainy season? Have you ever wondered, why in some cities, number of seasons have reduced to just summer and winter? Where is the spring season? Well, welcome to global warming phenomenon. At least that’s what specialists say.

For starters, global warming is the phenomenon of increase in average temperature of earth’s atmosphere and oceans. It is caused by emission of greenhouse gases like carbon-di-oxide (CO2). Where do these emissions come from? I can see you had the answers ready in your mind! Pollution, traffic emissions, factories, residential wastage. Global warming can cause anything from drastic weather changes, tsunamis, extinct species to disappearance of glaciers and oceans. We need alternate fuel options, but first we need to conserve what we have.

Do not scoff yet, you can watch this photo feature from TIME to see what global warming is doing all around.

I realize that global warming or no warming, energy conservation is something that only benefits India. We need it desperately, our greener pastures are disappearing fast. We are already running short on basic resources such as electricity and water. Damn, there are millions who do not have easy access to basic amenities yet.

There is so much one can do at individual level to fight global warming. Changing all our bulbs to compact fluorescent light (cfl) bulbs alone can help you save 40% of your electric bill. People in rural India, rely a lot on these bulbs, wish they could read blogs. 😦

What I feel sad about is the concept of energy conservation has not yet caught up in our country. There is no a single voice of repute around. Former US Vice President Al Gore is an staunch advocate for the cause of global warming. He made a documentary called “An Inconvenient Truth” on this subject. In our country, we should have such energy conservation campaigns in all walks of life. It should start at school, and at home with parents bringing awareness to their children. Watch a clipping of this documentary:

Documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore

P.S: Guys, this was just a build up. The next part of this post is soon to come up. It’s going to be very interesting, I promise. 🙂

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