Online game depicts the plight of the disappearing coral reefs of our planet
One of the world’s leading online word game makers has joined a global initiative to protect the planet’s coral reefs, according to a new report are disappearing at an alarming rate.
Sweden MAG interactive presented six ocean-themed games to educate people about the ocean, coral reefs and the risks of climate change. The games are published in Wordzee, Ruzzle, Word Domination, WordBrain, WordBrain 2 and New QuizDuell.
Players are encouraged to add their name to either Petition for more marine and climate protection and or donate to projects combined with Global Fund for Coral Reefs who work to protect the health of the oceans.
MAG Interactive is part of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Playing for the Planet Alliance brings together the gaming company worldwide with a monthly active player base of more than 1.5 billion and a shared goal of improving the environment through gaming.
The initiative has led developers, including the popular Rovio Angry Birds, to incorporate environmental messages into their games to support the global environmental agenda, which ranges from planting millions of trees to reducing plastic in their products.
Gaming companies also support that Playing4Forests and calls on world leaders to protect forests as a line of defense against climate change.
“We are very excited to be working with MAG Interactive and Playing for the Planet partners to raise awareness and resources for our planet’s precious coral reefs at the forefront of climate change,” said Leticia Carvalho, Head of Marine and Freshwater at UNEP.
“Many people have no idea of the value of coral reefs to the welfare of species and humans alike. Gaming can be transformative in inspiring this learning and action journey, ”she added.
Although they may look like plants or hard rock, most corals are made up of thousands of small, soft animals called polyps, surrounded by stony exoskeletons. Coral reefs are home to a quarter of all marine life. They also bid at least half a billion people with work and food while the coasts are protected from storms and floods.
Coral reefs are also extremely sensitive to climate change. Corals have shown the fastest increase in the risk of extinction of any species by the Global biodiversity outlook.
When the water gets too warm, corals release the symbiotic algae, which turn white, a process known as bleaching. While corals can recover from bleaching when conditions improve, prolonged coral bleaching can be fatal.
the Status of the world’s coral reefs: 2020, published last week by the Global network for monitoring coral reefs in cooperation with UNEP found that 14 percent of the world’s corals have been lost since 2009 and that climate change is threatening the remains of these fragile ecosystems, which are often referred to as the “rainforests of the sea”.
Around 11,700 square kilometers of coral have disappeared in the last 12 years. That is more than any living coral in Australia.
But there is still hope for corals. Scientists around the world are identifying pockets of coral habitats that are more resilient to climate change and could be key to their survival. Research shows that including coral sanctuaries known as climate refuges in conservation plans is vital to ensure their future survival as we work to stop and reverse current threats.
“Our goal is to create engaging content for our players while delivering an important message that they have the power to help preserve marine ecosystems,” said Daniel Hasselberg, CEO of MAG Interactive.
MAG Interactive, whose ten game titles have been downloaded over 350 million times, developed the ocean-themed games based on the UNEP-led campaign Gone glowing glowing.
The creative campaign works to curb threats to coral reefs, which, along with climate change, are threatened by overfishing, coastal development, pollution and ocean acidification.
The ocean-themed games’ debut came from the recent announcement $ 125 million reserved for the Global Fund for Coral Reefs to address critical financing and private investment barriers around the blue economy and protect coral reefs. As the Global Climate Fund‘s first large-scale private sector program for climate adaptation, this investment is a major achievement for corals and climate resilience.