BETA MASTERS: GLOBAL GOALS TOPICS

 

Our oceans hold staggering amounts of plastics, from the coasts to the high seas, causing injuries and death to fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. To make matters worse, the plastic isn’t going anywhere. Plastic is a non-biodegradable substance, which means unless we clean it out, it will stay in the ocean for hundreds of years, wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems.

VIDEO GAME IDEAS:

  • Keep marine creatures alive by patrolling the seas on a boat and catching plastic that falls off ships.
  • Sail from Southern California to China and pick up debris along the way.

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To win our battle against climate change, we need to make cities more sustainable. Luckily, there are plenty of ways we can do that! We can implement natural parks, bike lanes, and high-profile green buildings in our cities. At the same time, we can promote urban agriculture, encourage healthier diets, reduce our food waste, and reconnect cities with surrounding rural areas. Some cities, like Copenhagen, are already implementing many of these strategies.

VIDEO GAME IDEAS:

  • Design an eco-friendly city from a budget that increases year to year based on whether they meet environmental standards.
  • A character falls into the sewage system of a large city and must escape by answering questions about eco-friendly urban practices.

In recent years, intense wildfires have caused devastation in places as diverse as Australia, California, and the Amazon. It’s no secret that climate change is exacerbating the problem, since it’s making warm and dry weather more frequent in many parts of the world. These are the exact conditions that are ideal for wildfires.

VIDEO GAME IDEAS:

  • Firefighters put out wildfires with a hose in a forested area of California or Australia.

  • Characters camp out in an area where wildfires are common and need to practice fire management techniques to prevent fire from happening.

The Saiga antelope once roamed across the whole of Europe and Asia. However, this puzzling creature has seen a drastic population decline, and nowadays there are only around 50,000 Saiga left in the wild. Saiga are hunted for their horns, which have an important place in traditional Chinese medicine. In 2015, the population was further devastated by the outbreak of the Pasteurellosis disease, which left the population at less than half its numbers.

VIDEO GAME IDEAS:

  • Rangers in Mongolia defend Saiga from poachers by apprehending the poachers with ropes around their hands.

  • A Saiga antelope has to travel across a Mongolian landscape and avoid poachers and disease.

Electric aircrafts capable of carrying cargo and people have been a recent focus of aviation companies, including Beta Technologies, which is game-changing news for our battle to rely less on fossil fuels. In 2019, air travel accounted for 2.5 percent of global carbon emissions, a number which could triple in the next thirty years. These innovative vehicles offer us an opportunity to eliminate direct carbon emissions from air travel.

VIDEO GAME IDEAS:

  • Pilot a plane that delivers organs for people in need of transplants in developing nations.

  • Provide air traffic control services for planes to direct them to households in need of organ transplants.

An unwelcome insect is inflaming a food crisis in East Africa. In countries like Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia, the Desert locust has descended on crop fields and mercilessly devoured until the land is left completely bare. The invasions are so drastic that food supplies for an estimated 13 million people are at risk.

VIDEO GAME IDEAS:

  • In order to protect their fields of crops, characters use eco-friendly pesticides to spray the swarming insects.

  • Characters are settlers into a land and their goal is to set up a society that is not prone to locust infestation based on geographic factors like rainfall.