Planet Change!

“But the only possible guarantee of the future is responsible behavior in the present.” -Wendell Berry, “Living in the Future,” The Unsettling of America, 1977

When you think of gaming, you often envision people age 12-25 playing on video games with all the fervor of a devoted sports fan.  Yes, that age group does play a lot of games but did you know that, according to a Pew Internet Project, 1 in 4 adults are also playing video games?  Further, according to the Nielson App Playbook, 76% of applications used on the phone were games.  This is a major portion of mobile phone users taping into the power of gaming.

If you’re wondering what a mobile phone, a game, and sustainability have in common, think “Planet Change.” Planet Change, is a free mobile app available on iTunes where users can gain insight on the whole gaming scene and learn valuable information which promotes sustainability. It is from the Nature Conservancy and sponsored by AT&T and Cisco.

Your mission during the game will be to reach the gold telepresence unit. As you work towards this goal, you can plant as many trees as possible along the way, all while recycling trash and repairing water leaks. This of course will help to increase your score. Oh, make sure you watch out for polluters!  They seem to appear out of nowhere!

Gaming is a powerful force.  This is a fun and educational way to explore what is possible on your mobile device — and learn some valuable lessons. Enjoy!

Your Turn: Have you found a beneficial, educational, or enjoyable sustainability app on your phone? Leave a comment below and share that app with your fellow readers!
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