The Game

The Climate Collage is a serious game about climate change, based on collective intelligence and creativity. Whether you’re completely new to the topic or quite savvy, you can play the Climate Collage. In 3 hours’ time, you will retrace the IPCC*’s reasoning and  you may even have fun doing it! You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss the consequences, challenges and changes that you see are coming or should be coming. *IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  
Valérie Masson Delmotte, IPCC sponsor of the Climate Collage
Valérie Masson Delmotte with Climate Collage board members and facilitators
The Climate Collage is sponsored by Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of the IPCC working group I, and senior scientist and tenured researcher at CEA-climate research division. It was also quoted by France’s former Minister for the Ecological and Solidarity Transition Nicolas Hulot as a game that “smartly and successfully demonstrates the complexity of a situation that is neither very visible nor tangible – that humans are tampering with climate evolution, and that the consequences of climate change will be very harmful for human activites”.  

Who can play, and in what context?

School & high school kids, university students, politicians (incumbents and candidates), professionals & co-workers looking to learn more about climate change, to launch a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project or to organise a great team building, neighbours, family members & friends… and YOU?   The Climate Collage has been and can be played anywhere, even at open air events such as music festivals, garden parties or political sit-ins (see Climate Collage Puzzle).  

How do you play?

Participants will be divided into teams to find the cause & effect relationships between the 42 cards. Collectively, they will build a collage explaining climate change. Using not only their rational minds but also their creativity, they will add colour, choose a title, draw and write messages around the cards. This creative phase is key for the knowledge to sink in properly. Each team is then invited to briefly present their collage – which can be used as a poster  to hang on the wall after the workshop. The final debrief is a collective discussion about climate change and its impacts on our collective and individual trajectories. Solutions and changes on the personal, economic or political level can be discussed.

Kid version

The Climate Collage comes up in 2 versions – standard/adult, and kid (from 7 to 14 years old). There are 42 cards in the standard version, while the kid version only has 21 cards with simpler texts and more clues to find the relationships between them.