The Climate Crisis and Energy Quiz
We learn by playing and observing
An educational game, a workshop and a documentary screening comprised the "Climate Crisis and Energy Quiz", an action that was part of our anniversary events "Re-act! Ideas in Motion" and hosted at the ActionAid Centre in Thessaloniki. The common thread that united these three activities was none other than energy and the climate crisis.
The documentary was a production of ActionAid and was about the impact of the climate crisis in Senegal. The short film demonstrates not only the serious consequences of climate change in the region but also the chain reactions that affect the whole world, as many inhabitants of the African country are forced to become climate migrants - something that of course also applies to many other parts of the world. Not only the content of the documentary but also the medium of projection was very interesting, as it was done through special virtual reality technology goggles.
The educational game was an original quiz which was addressed not only to children but to all ages and visualized the issue of global warming in a symbolic and graphic way. The quiz specifically included various questions related to energy, the climate crisis and the way we deal with the various problems involved. With each correct answer, the climate map of the earth in front of the participants changed and the overheated planet slowly turned green. The quiz was implemented by Tania Gouzouma and Sofia Kyprianidou from "Antigone - Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non-Violence", which is active since 1993 on the above mentioned issues.
The third and last activity was a workshop on how we can create an energy community. Energy communities are cooperatives, whose members produce themselves the electricity they consume and sell any surplus to the electricity market. This is a topic in which the Heinrich Böll Foundation is very actively involved and has even published the guide "Building energy communities in Greece", a publication that was handed out to the audience at the event. The workshop was implemented by Maya Andreou from Community Energy River, a group that carries out projects, workshops and technical studies aimed at saving energy and creating energy communities.
These activities had a total duration of about an hour, and those who participated left with a little more knowledge about the climate action plan - and we believe they were also enticed to participate in an energy community!