your journey to a sustainable future

The Great Carbon Footprint Game

Seizing good ideas and breathing life into them
Q: How bad are bananas?
Take some bananas, one Erasmus student, a Go Green Week, an author, a supportive Sustainability Manager and one big idea. Shake them all up and what do you get? An interactive award-winning game to start conversations with anybody on carbon emissions and carbon footprinting. The secret is in training facilitators to confidently deliver the right messages. It just so happens that you always get facilitation when you buy or rent the game.

The Great Carbon Footprint Game was developed by London South Bank University (LSBU) student, Anja Fischenich and uses the carbon facts from Mike Berners-Lee’s book, ‘How Bad Are Bananas?’ to engage players to think about their personal carbon footprint. Anja’s game won the ‘Idea’ category for LSBU’s Make it Happen competition. An exchange student from Germany studying Environmental Engineering, Anja scooped up £1,000, a free membership to the IoD and free office space for six months to develop her idea.

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The game is made from up to 75% recycled materials, is completely re-usable and 100% recyclable at the end of its life - now, if that’s not walking the talk, nothing is.

Future We Want works with Anja to market the game in the UK. We provide facilitation and training to any organisation that buys or rents it, helping to ensure maximum value.
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The game is really eye-catching at events and the playing cards certainly attract attention! It’s a great way to get people thinking about what a carbon footprint is and to dispel some of the myths. Everyone goes away from playing the game having found out something new and it works for all ages and for different knowledge levels. On the first outing of our game we had a Professor of Sustainability and a 6 year old both play the game! We purchased the game to use as part of our staff and student engagement strategy and plan to ‘tour’ the game around the University to reach out to students and staff and promote the Green Chester campaign. It is a great icebreaker to initiate conversations with people and encourage them to engage with your campaigns. Emma has been really supportive and flexible in meeting our requirements to run the facilitation event and in resolving any issues. The facilitation was accessible for those with and without any prior knowledge of carbon footprints, and they really enjoyed the session. Emma provided some really useful tips for playing the game and attracting visitors.
Tamara Hunt - University of Chester