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UN launch 'Mission 1.5', biggest survey of public opinion on climate change

Ahmed Aiham
14 February 2020, MVT 13:31
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hopes to address the disconnect between citizens and governments that has seen a groundswell of public opinion by citizens around the world, including school strikes and mass protests. PHOTO: UNDP
Ahmed Aiham
14 February 2020, MVT 13:31

The United Nations (UN) on Thursday, launched 'Mission 1.5', an innovative video game based survey to assess public opinion on climate change.

Developed by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and experts in game development, climate science and public polling, players take on the role of climate policymakers by voting to adopt key climate actions to try and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees.

Following a series of multiple-choice questions, the game concludes with an option to participate in the global survey. The data will be analyzed and later shared with governments.

United Nation hopes to reach some 20 million individuals through the educational online platform. Prior to Mission 1.5, the largest international survey for public opinion on climate change was conducted ahead of the Paris climate talks in 2015, canvassing 10,000 individuals across 76 countries.

The game was launched in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic, with more languages to be incorporated at later stages up until the upcoming UN climate talks to be held in the United Kingdom.

"Gaming is one of the most powerful mediums of our time to educate, raise awareness and encourage action on major global issues", said Founder and CEO of Playmob, Jude Ower.

UNDP's Climate Change Advisor Cassie Flynn said that "Mission 1.5 is a way to help people understand climate solutions and make their voices heard. In many ways, it is the People’s Climate Vote”.

Nigerian Singer-Songwriter Yemi Alade expressed her excitement to see how climate action matters to people around the world, especially in her own country. "Mission 1.5 is going to connect people globally on something that cannot be ignored anymore. The time to act is now!”.

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