A New Board Game to Induce Climate Guilt in School Children

Essay by Eric Worrall

Just what we need, right? A board game designed to make kids feel even more miserable and guilty about climate change.

Finnish School Children Solve This Climate Puzzle Every Year. Can You?

The Climate Puzzle, a board game developed by Danish climate company D-mat, uses emissions data to show players how to live more sustainably.

Every year, hundreds of teenagers in Lahti, Finland, play a game.

Instructors pull out a large board with a series of squares, each labeled with a climate-friendly action. “I will reduce the energy of doing laundry,” reads one. “I will buy items secondhand or recycled (90% of purchased items),” goes another. “I will favour organic food.” “I will try a vegan diet (12 months/person/year).” “I will favour sustainable services.” The size of each square corresponds with the impact of the action it outlines; the square about eating organic, for example, is less than a tenth the size of the one about going vegan.

This is the Climate Puzzle, a board game developed by Finnish sustainability company D-mat Ltd.and purchased for Lahti’s schools to help students learn to live more sustainably. The game uses emissions data from “1.5-Degree Lifestyles,” a study that D-mat Chief Executive Officer Michael Lettenmeier helped write, which calculates how much carbon each person can emit to keep global warming below the 1.5C threshold outlined in the Paris Agreement. Numerically, the report suggests an individual carbon budget of 2.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per person per year by 2030. Practically, that means many people would need to dramatically change how they travel, eat and vacation in an ever-warming world.

“This puzzle means that we have a whole box of different options to decrease carbon footprints,” Lettenmeier says. His ideal outcome is for players to pick the right squares for the board and then try to implement those behaviors in their real lives.

It’s quite a guilt-inducing area,” Akenji says. “We have to be careful to understand where individual agency comes in, collective responsibility comes in, and where policies and businesses need to take responsibility for this.” 

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-03-18/what-can-you-do-to-stop-climate-change-a-board-game-has-answers?leadSource=uverify%20wall

To say I don’t think this idea is helpful is an understatement. Kids are already so upset by climate change it is driving some of them to destroy themselves with hard drugs.

The following is testimony from Dr. Alex Wodak, a high profile Australian expert on drug rehabilitation, to an ice addition inquiry in NSW in

First, the threshold step is redefining drugs as primarily a health and social issue rather than primarily a law enforcement issue. Second, drug treatment has to be expanded and improved until it reaches the same level as other health services. Third, all penalties for personal drug use and possession have to be scrapped.

Fourth, as much of the drug market as possible has to be regulated while recognising that part of the drug market is already regulated, such a methadone treatment, needle and syringe programs, medically supervised injecting centres. It will, of course, never be possible to regulate the entire drug market. We have regulated parts of the drug market before. Edible opium was taxed and regulated in Australia until 1906 and in the United States Coca-Cola contained cocaine until 1903.

Fifth, efforts to reduce the demand for powerful psychoactive drugs in Australia have had limited benefit and require a new focus. Unless and until young Australians feel optimistic about their future, demand for drugs will remain strong. Young people, understandably, want more certainty about their future prospects, including climate, education, jobs and housing affordability. Change will be slow and incremental, like all social policy reform.

As Herb Stein, as adviser to President Nixon said:
Things that cannot go on forever don’t.

Drug prohibition cannot go on forever and will be replaced by libertarian paternalism. Thank you.

Source: Wayback Machine

What can I say? I guess climate activists don’t see anything wrong with making kids feel miserable and guilty, providing it produces the outcome they want. They’ll keep producing this kind of material, as long as there are adults who are crazy enough to buy such things.

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Phillip Bratby
March 19, 2023 11:54 pm

Child abuse anyone?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Phillip Bratby
March 20, 2023 2:51 am

It’s definitely child abuse.

The Climategate Charlatans who started all this CO2-phobia must be real proud of themselves.

Coeur de Lion
March 20, 2023 12:44 am

Do any kids get blown up by the teacher?

March 20, 2023 12:57 am

Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad…

Bruce Cobb
March 20, 2023 1:40 am

Indoctrination disguised as a board game? Clever! Not.

Clarky of Oz
March 20, 2023 2:22 am

And I thought Monopoly was boring.

Reply to  Clarky of Oz
March 20, 2023 3:06 am

There’s a chance to win with Monopoly; everybody loses in the climate [alarm] game.

Reply to  strativarius
March 20, 2023 12:06 pm

Not everyone, Strat, Al Gore’s done well, and old Micky ain’t doing too bad either

Reply to  Clarky of Oz
March 20, 2023 8:13 am

Otherwise known as Monotony.

Ron Long
March 20, 2023 2:27 am

Good essay by Eric. The indoctrination of children is well underway, especially since Teachers Unions (at least in the USA) are onboard, and it coordinates well with other crazy agendas of theirs. The traumatizing of children, whatever the intent, remains, for many forever. When I was in the first grade in Burbank, California, early 1950’s, we regularly had atomic bomb attack drills, where the special alarm sounded and the students got underneath their desk and curled up. A comedian later described the drill as “bend over as far as you can and kiss your a$$ goodbye”, which shows the general stress of the drill.

Uncle Mort
March 20, 2023 2:54 am

It is difficult to put this succinctly without appearing to over-simplify the matter, but it’s worth a try so here goes –

Lying to kids is wrong.

Reply to  Uncle Mort
March 20, 2023 3:12 am

I don’t see it as just lying. It’s designed to induce neuroses. And it clearly does. Decades of increasingly hysterical alarmism in the media and a warped education can work wonders for a cause

An entirely new man made phenomenon
“The climate crisis is taking a growing toll on the mental health of children and young people, experts have warned.
Increasing levels of “eco-anxiety” – the chronic fear of environmental doom – were likely to be underestimated and damaging to many in the long term, public health experts said.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, Mala Rao and Richard Powell, of Imperial College London’s Department of Primary Care and Public Health, said eco-anxiety “risks exacerbating health and social inequalities between those more or less vulnerable to these psychological impacts”.
Although not yet considered a diagnosable condition, recognition of eco-anxiety and its complex psychological effects was increasing, they said, as was its “disproportionate” impact on children and young people.
In their article, they pointed to a 2020 survey of child psychiatrists in England showing that more than half (57%) are seeing children and young people distressed about the climate crisis and the state of the environment.

Tom Abbott
March 20, 2023 2:56 am

From the article: “I guess climate activists don’t see anything wrong with making kids feel miserable and guilty, providing it produces the outcome they want.”

Obviously, climate activists and their unreasonable, unwarranted, fear of CO2 are causing great harm to our children with their fearmongering about CO2.

May Contain Traces of Seafood
March 20, 2023 3:09 am

Somehow I don’t think this ‘game’ is going to set the boardgame world on fire.

It looks like they used the best art director they could find who was still stuck in the 70s and the price – 119 Euro – is significantly more that other less woke games on the market, all of which have better build standards and content.

So not only do these people not understand how climate works, but also to they fail the basic fun test.

Reply to  May Contain Traces of Seafood
March 20, 2023 9:36 am

What? One has to shell out 119 Euro for this Enviromarxist indoctrination?!!

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Graemethecat
March 21, 2023 5:03 am

If you’re a Finnish tax payer, you already have. This is marketed to schools not individual homes. Items marketed to schools always have a substantial mark-up because the cost is not out of any teacher’s or principal’s pocket but out of an inflated school budget.

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Peta of Newark
March 20, 2023 3:09 am

Pink Floyd had it nailed absolutely, how long ago?

♪No dark sarcasm in the classroom…
Teacher leave them kids alone♪

From The Wall

Much broader, would that describe what’s happening: The ‘elite’ are building a wall ‘tween us and them

Reply to  Peta of Newark
March 20, 2023 3:46 am

Even longer back than that…

Money, it’s a crime
Share it fairly, but don’t take a slice of my pie
Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil today

But if you ask for a rise, it’s no surprise
That they’re giving none away

Money, Pink Floyd, 1973

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  strativarius
March 20, 2023 6:30 am

From Fiddler on the Roof:

Perchik: Money is the world’s curse.

Tevye: May the Lord smite me with it! And may I never recover!!

Reply to  D. J. Hawkins
March 20, 2023 7:16 am

RIP Topol

David Dibbell
March 20, 2023 3:55 am

The corrosive climate doctrines are being dripped like battery acid on the children. But from these classrooms, may there be survivors of the guilt trip who become the truckers, farmers, miners, drillers, builders, equipment operators, factory workers, …you get the picture. All these take energy. Lots of it, in ready-to-use forms like liquid hydrocarbon fuels. The planet will be fine, and it’s time to push back.

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Joseph Zorzin
March 20, 2023 4:35 am

Instead of scaring children over the climate myth- they should be scaring them over the rise of Imperial China- which was able to rise because the West moved its industries there for dirt cheap labor.

Joseph Zorzin
March 20, 2023 4:37 am

If I was a child, I’d probably be terrified hearing Al Gore screaming that the oceans are boiling!

March 20, 2023 5:19 am

The targeting of kids is appalling, especially as young girls seem particularly vulnerable. A recent CDC study said that in the previous 12 months prior to the study, 1 in 10 Gen Z had attempted suicide, which was insane. Climate Anxiety was cited as one of the issues.


Reply to  diggs
March 20, 2023 9:00 am

Adding this to all the other issues being pushed on our children, it appears there is a concerted effort to destroy future generations.

March 20, 2023 6:07 am

Despots require docility, the result of hopelessness and mental stagnation. Nothing paralyzes like fear, and nothing destroys ambition like guilt. And nothing says “My arguments don’t appeal to thinking adults” like lying to children.

March 20, 2023 6:17 am

The proper response is to create a fun game for kids, on the order of Whack-a-Mole, but Whack-a-Climate-Idiot, with Al Gore, John Kerry, Greta, Biden, etc., popping up. Supply a list of things kids and families enjoy that the Climate Idiots would ban, and let the kids have at it.

Mark Bahner
March 20, 2023 6:54 am

Drug prohibition cannot go on forever and will be replaced by libertarian paternalism.

What in the world is “libertarian paternalism”?

Gunga Din
Reply to  Mark Bahner
March 20, 2023 7:21 am

They propose that libertarian paternalism is paternalism in the sense that “it tries to influence choices in a way that will make choosers better off, as judged by themselves” (p. 5); note and consider, the concept paternalism specifically requires a restriction of choice. It is libertarian in the sense that it aims to ensure that “people should be free to opt out of specified arrangements if they choose to do so” (p. 1161). The possibility to opt out is said to “preserve freedom of choice” (p. 1182). Thaler and Sunstein published Nudge, a book-length defense of this political doctrine, in 2008 (new edition 2009).[3]


Sounds like you’ll be free to choose what they’ve told you is the right choice.

Lee Riffee
March 20, 2023 7:39 am

With all the talk of guilt, surely it can be seen that this climate nonsense has totally morphed into a religion. Imagine a board game encouraging players to say X number of Hail Marys and Our Fathers, to get confirmed, to get baptized, to mediate, consider joining a monastery, attend church/synagogue/mosque/temple regularly, to plan on traveling to Mecca, etc, etc…. All are things people can do to strengthen their faith (and perhaps instill guilt and fear of damnation if they don’t do certain things). Which in a Sunday school or other private faith-based school is fine. I’m not anti-religion (I have my own beliefs) but there’s no way that it should be forced on those who don’t want it nor should it be in public schools.

Nor should this new secular religion of climate change be taught in public schools or pushed in (so-called) mainstream media. Catholicism is prominent in Baltimore, but I would never expect to turn on the local news and hear a reporter reciting a prayer. But yet they have no issue with going on about the “climate crisis” and (allegedly) what you can do to about it. Sadly it will get worse with the coming of Earth Day, which is like Christmas to the green cult. I just turn off the TV, but unfortunately young children don’t get the option to turn off the religious climate indoctrination.

March 20, 2023 8:13 am

“I will favour organic food.” “I will try a vegan diet (12 months/person/year).” “I will favour sustainable services.”

Sounds precisely like a Soviet self-criticism session in the 1930s, with the villagers rounded up by Commissars and competing with one another for the last kilos of the grain harvest, left over after most of it has been shipped away to the urban shock-workers.

Pat from Kerbob
March 20, 2023 9:01 am

Another piece of evidence for the climate change policy crimes against humanity trials.

We need to be treating these people the same way we treat pedophiles.
Or is that how we used to treat pedophiles?

Maybe electroshock? Beatings, floggings.

As long as there are no consequences for these sorts of actions, they will continue.

March 20, 2023 11:28 am

Board games of the Climate Crusades are a replacement for real science and education at this point in the long-misdirected march.

March 20, 2023 12:08 pm

Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man.

Reply to  Redge
March 20, 2023 1:50 pm

Except that in this case, what will be produced is a lump of jelly !

March 20, 2023 2:07 pm

Is it just me?
When US Dems ask Reps to vote for mental health for teenagers, I hear “drugs drugs drugs”.

John the Econ
March 20, 2023 2:28 pm

HOW DARE YOU rob kids of their childhood.

March 20, 2023 3:18 pm

Climate activists make me sick.

Edward Katz
March 20, 2023 6:22 pm

If these kids learn and retain the details about climate change as well as they learn the rest of the curriculum, no one will have to worry about their taking any action to do anything about the alleged problem.

March 22, 2023 7:28 am

Why not a game to teach teens how to select a spouse and the importance of marriage and raising a family. The importance of the family and how to love and lead a family?

Finland has a fertility rate of 1.36 which has had a sharp decline since 2010 and is still in decline. I supposed they are ok manning their economy with poor Russians?

The game teaches self righteous actions that demonstrate the right relationship with Mother Earth. Being a good steward of our environment is the duty of all but here the self righteous actions are to solve a false problem.

the metacommunication of the game is “you consumption is the problem”…… this is a very damaging message.

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