Greenhouse Gas Game

Photo by: Raja Siregar, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, 2017


An energetic, physical game in which participants simulate the greenhouse effect, becoming either heat from the sun or greenhouse gases.

Learning objectives

To learn about the greenhouse effect. To learn that human activities which release greenhouse gases have amplified the greenhouse effect over the last century. To learn that this has resulted in global warming and climate change, exacerbating hazards and impacts across the world.

Intended audience

Youth and adults

Note: not for settings where touching is inappropriate

Playspace requirements

A large space where 30 people can run around.


This game is created as part of Y-Adapt. Y-Adapt is adapt is a curriculum consisting of games and playful activities, which helps youth to both understand climate change and to take practical action to adapt to the changing climate in their community. This game is the product of a collaboration between PLAN International, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, the Philippines Red Cross,and PLAN Philippines.

Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

For this game is needed:

Participants: 12-30
Facilitator skill: **/***
Minutes for gameplay: 0 - 30 min