Game: The Food Challenge

A‌ computer-based game that shows the carbon footprints of different types of food. The objective of the game is to click on images of different foods – for example, cheese, banana and steak – from lowest to highest carbon footprint before the 30-second timer runs out. The clock is paused each time an answer is submitted to show whether players answered correctly. At the end of the game, a tally is provided of right and wrong answers. 

Students‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ introduced to the carbon footprints of different foods. Before they begin the game, students may take a moment to read descriptions of carbon footprints of different foods that are provided in the form of a slideshow at the bottom of the screen. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:  ‌

  1. What is the carbon footprint of different foods? 
  2. How have anthropogenic emissions impacted Earth’s climate change?
  3. Discuss why animal-based products generally have greater carbon footprints.

About‌ ‌the‌ ‌tool‌ ‌

Tool‌ ‌Name‌ ‌Climate Food Challenge
Discipline‌ ‌Environmental Sciences ‌
Topic(s)‌ ‌in‌ ‌Discipline‌ ‌Climate Change Overview, Agriculture, Food Security, Carbon Footprint
Climate‌ ‌Topic‌ ‌ ‌Climate and Agriculture; Climate and Food Security
Type‌ ‌of‌ ‌tool‌ ‌ ‌Game
Grade‌ ‌Level‌ ‌Primary School, Middle School, High School, Undergraduate
Location‌ ‌Global‌ ‌
Language‌ ‌English‌ ‌ ‌
Translation‌ ‌
Developed‌ ‌by‌ ‌Take A Bite Out of Climate Change
Hosted‌ ‌at‌ ‌  strangelyRetro.games
Link‌ ‌Link
Access‌ ‌Online‌ ‌
Computer‌ ‌Skills‌ ‌Basic‌ ‌

Reading: What Is Climate Change? A Comic

A comic book by Somdatta Karak, CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, India that introduces what is  climate change. This comic is based on a talk by Joy Merwin Monteiro, IISER Pune titled ‘How do scientists study climate change?’ as part of the Climate Change Challenge outreach program of the CCMB. This reading can be used as an introduction to the topic of climate change by primary, middle school and high school teachers. It includes discussions on 

  1. The difference between weather and climate
  2. What determines the climate of planet Earth
  3. The Greenhouse effect of the atmosphere 
  4. Greenhouse gases such as CO2 and water vapor
  5. Impacts of global warming
  6. Methods of measuring climate change

Students will learn about what is climate change. They will also learn about what determines the climate of planet Earth. They will also learn how human activity is causing an increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere leading to global warming and its impacts. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is Climate Change?
  2. How are human activities causing global warming?
  3. Discuss some impacts of global warming.
  4. How do scientists measure changes in the Earth’s climate?

About the Tool 

Tool NameWhat is Climate Change and How Do Scientists Study It?
DisciplineEnvironmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Introduction to Climate Change, The Greenhouse Effect
Climate Topic Introduction to Climate Change, Climate Literacy
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelPrimary School, Middle School, High School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed bySomdatta Karak
Hosted atClimate Change Challenge page of the CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology website published here
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: Climate Change: What Can You Do? A Comic

A comic book by Somdatta Karak, CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, India on climate solutions. This comic is inspired by a video discussion with OhScrapMadras and LataSitaa titled ‘Our Lifestyle Choices and Climate Crisis’ as part of the Climate Change Challenge outreach program of the CCMB. This reading can be used as an introduction to the topic of climate change by primary, middle school and high school teachers. It includes discussions on individual lifestyle choices and their carbon footprints. It focuses on  how the fashion industry is a contributor to global warming and other environmental pollution. 

Students will learn about what is climate change. They will learn about the contribution of the fashion industry to global warming. They will further learn about how new initiatives in the fashion industry are aiming to be carbon neutral. Additionally they will be introduced to climate solutions based on individual lifestyle choices. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is Climate Change?
  2. How does the fashion industry contribute to global warming?
  3. How do individual lifestyle choices help in mitigating the impacts of climate change? 

About the Tool 

Tool NameBe The Changemaker In Climate Crisis
DisciplineEnvironmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Introduction to Climate Change, Climate Solutions, Fashion
Climate Topic Introduction to Climate Change
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelPrimary School, Middle School, High School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed bySomdatta Karak
Hosted atClimate Change Challenge page of the CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology website here
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: Climate Change Impacts- A Comic

A comic book by Somdatta Karak, CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, India that introduces the impacts of climate change on fragile ecosystems and how it affects the lives of people living there. This comic is inspired by a talk by Mayuresh Gangal, Nature Conservation Foundation, Bengaluru, India  titled ‘Fragile Ecosystems and Climate Crisis’ as part of the Climate Change Challenge outreach program of the CCMB. This reading can be used as an introduction to the topic of climate change by primary, middle school and high school teachers. It includes discussions on 

  1. What are fragile ecosystems?
  2. Climate Change impacts in fragile ecosystems such as Coral Islands
  3. The Coral Reef ecosystem
  4. Coral bleaching due to global warming
  5. Human migration due to the impacts of climate change
  6. Lives and livelihoods and climate refugees

Students will learn about what is climate change. They will learn about different fragile ecosystems such as coral islands, deserts, high mountains and deltas. They will further understand the impacts of climate change on coral islands and how the climate crises can lead to human migration from these fragile ecosystems. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is Climate Change?
  2. Describe the coral reef ecosystem.
  3. How is climate change causing the collapse of coral reefs in India and globally?
  4. What are climate refugees?

About the Tool 

Tool NameCaring For Others In The Climate Crisis
DisciplineEnvironmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Introduction to Climate Change, Ecosystems, Coral Reefs
Climate Topic Introduction to Climate Change, Climate Literacy, Climate and the Biosphere
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelPrimary School, Middle School, High School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed bySomdatta Karak
Hosted atClimate Change Challenge page of the CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology website published here
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Reading: Fossil Fuels and the Climate Crisis- A Comic

A comic book by Somdatta Karak, CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, India that introduces different forms of energy and how carbon based fossil fuels are causing global warming. This comic is inspired by a talk by Deepa Kushalani, TIFR, India  titled ‘Energy Sources and Climate Crisis’ as part of the Climate Change Challenge outreach program of the CCMB. This reading can be used as an introduction to the topic of climate change by primary, middle school and high school teachers. It includes discussions on 

  1. What is energy?
  2. What are the different sources of energy?
  3. How coal is the preferred energy source since the Industrial Revolution
  4. How the burning of coal leads to CO2 emissions that causes global warming
  5. Alternative sources of energy such as Solar, Wind, Nuclear energy 

Students will learn about what is climate change. They will also learn about different energy sources including traditional carbon based energy such as coal and renewable energy sources. They will also learn how human activity is causing an increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere leading to global warming. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is Climate Change?
  2. List some non-renewable and renewable sources of energy.
  3. How did the widespread usage of coal since the Industrial Revolution lead to global warming? 

About the Tool 

Tool NameBalancing the Energy and Climate Crises
DisciplineEnvironmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Overview, Introduction to Climate Change, The Greenhouse Effect
Climate Topic Introduction to Climate Change, Climate Literacy
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelPrimary School, Middle School, High School, Undergraduate
LocationGlobal
LanguageEnglish 
Translation
Developed bySomdatta Karak
Hosted atClimate Change Challenge page of the CSIR- Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology website published here
LinkLink
AccessOnline
Computer SkillsBasic

Game: The Carbon Footprint of Chicken Tikka Masala and Other Food Items ‌

A‌ computer-based game developed by Take a Bite Out Of Climate Change that shows the carbon footprints (in gCO2e) of different food items. The objective of the calculator is to select different items from a list, ranging from apple pie with cream to lentils, to meat and observing the amount of carbon dioxide emitted. Some of the items selected can further be broken down into the components making up the item. For example, the item apple pie with cream (604gCO2e) can be broken down into apple (44gCO2e), sugar (48gCO2e), flour (30gCO2e), butter (158gCO2e), cream (24gCO2e) and oven (10mins, 301gCO2e). Thus, the individual emissions may also be noted.

Students‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ introduced to the carbon footprints of different food items. They will further be able to visualize how some items are created and why they have higher emissions than other items. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:  ‌

  1. What is the carbon footprint of a typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner? 
  2. What is the carbon footprint of lentils? Of Steak? Of Chicken Tikka Masala?
  3. What is the carbon footprint of baked versus fried snacks?

About‌ ‌the‌ ‌tool‌ ‌

Tool‌ ‌Name‌ ‌Take a Bite Out of Climate Change
Discipline‌ ‌Environmental Sciences ‌
Topic(s)‌ ‌in‌ ‌Discipline‌ ‌Climate Change Overview, Agriculture, Food Security
Climate‌ ‌Topic‌ ‌ ‌Climate and Food Security; Climate and Agriculture
Type‌ ‌of‌ ‌tool‌ ‌ ‌Game
Grade‌ ‌Level‌ ‌Primary School, Middle School, High School, Undergraduate
Location‌ ‌Global‌ ‌
Language‌ ‌English‌ ‌ ‌
Translation‌ ‌
Developed‌ ‌by‌ ‌TAKE A BITE OUT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Hosted‌ ‌at‌ ‌TAKE A BITE OUT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Link‌ ‌Link
Access‌ ‌Online‌ ‌
Computer‌ ‌Skills‌ ‌Basic‌ ‌

Game: The Carbon Footprint of Food

A‌ game with flashcards that contain the carbon emissions (in gCO2e) of different foods. This game has been developed by GGDOT with Take A Bite Out Of Climate Change. A picture of the food item is on each card with the following categories: 

  1. Emissions
  2. Water
  3. Fibre
  4. Calories
  5. Protein
  6. Driving

There are no fixed rules for the game and students can make up their own rules or borrow rules from other games. Users can download the food flashcards and print them for use in the classroom.

Students‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ introduced to carbon emissions of different food types such as bread, butter, porridge, coffee, milk, eggs, pizza, lamb, stek, fish, vegetables and others. They will further be able to understand the different nutritional values of common food items.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:  ‌

  1. What is the carbon footprint of sausages, lamb, steak, fish, different vegetables?
  2. Discuss which food types are healthy and have low carbon footprints. ‌

About‌ ‌the‌ ‌tool‌ ‌

Tool‌ ‌Name‌ ‌Game: Climate Food Flashcards from GGDOT and Take a Bite Out of Climate Change
Discipline‌ ‌Environmental Sciences ‌
Topic(s)‌ ‌in‌ ‌Discipline‌ ‌Climate Change Overview, Agriculture, Food Security
Climate‌ ‌Topic‌ ‌ ‌Climate and Food Security; Climate and Agriculture
Type‌ ‌of‌ ‌tool‌ ‌ ‌Game
Grade‌ ‌Level‌ ‌Primary School, Middle School, High School, Undergraduate
Location‌ ‌Global‌ ‌
Language‌ ‌English‌ ‌ ‌
Translation‌ ‌
Developed‌ ‌by‌ ‌  GGDOT and TAKE A BITE OUT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Hosted‌ ‌at‌ ‌  TAKE A BITE OUT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Link‌ ‌Link
Access‌ ‌Online‌ ‌
Computer‌ ‌Skills‌ ‌Basic‌ ‌