Snakes and ladders, bingo and top trumps might be old-fashioned games most associated with childhoods past, but if climate-change experts are to be believed, they could just help us to save the planet.
Could a bit of fun and competition convince people to lead more environmentally friendly lives? Firefighters, city workers, museum-goers, teachers, schoolchildren and university students will test out eco-inspired games over the next year. For example, a life-size snakes and ladders, where squares containing good activities (walking to work, say) send you up the ladders, while bad squares (overheating your home) send you sliding down snakes. And there’s eco-bingo, where you can expect to hear: “Lag your loft; you’ll save a ton – it’s number one.”