CLIMATE TRAILCLIMATE TRAILThere’s a lot of information and disinformation surrounding climatechange. But much of the disinformation can be debunked by following the“money trail” of companies sponsoring the research and publication thatdisseminates this false data. How do we encourage the public to think forthemselves and question the sources of their information? By encouragingthem to play “Climate Trail”, a simple text-based game that mirrors thefunctionality of classic online games like “Oregon Trail”.At the start of the game, each player is given a leadership role in acommunity with set levels of renewable resources, atmospheric levels, andother indicators of climate health. The goal is to reach the year 2036 with ahealthy and livable community. As game play proceeds, players are askedquestions like “Do you want clean coal or wind power to be your town’s mainsource of power” or “Do you want to clear 10,000 acres of forest to createmore farmland?” Correct answers help boost resource levels while wronganswers impact negatively on community health. After each answer, playersare also presented with information about choices that were made in thereal world (e.g. Portland, Oregon switched to natural gas for city vehiclesand reduced emissions 30%). Users will also be able to share answers acrosssocial networks like Twitter and Facebook.