A new interactive card game has been designed and developed to promote waste control and raise awareness about illegal dumping of litter in Africa. The game, called ‘Waste Masters Africa’, is the result of the collaboration between numerous designers, cartoonists and students from various African countries.
The card game was initially launched by the Global Recycling Foundation whose aim is to educate people about the value of waste. “We will continue to support initiatives such as Waste Masters Africa that help to bring about the public awareness that is so necessary to create a greener planet for our children and grandchildren,” says Global Recycling Foundation president Ranjit Baxi.
“We are running out of time to reverse the potentially catastrophic effects of poor waste management, and the only thing that will provoke the necessary change is greater global public awareness. Education is one of the fundamental ways in which we can affect consumer and corporate behavior change, enabling the promotion of an environmentally friendly Africa,” explains Baxi.
Around 660 million tonnes of municipal waste is illegally dumped every year, around the world. Most of this litter occurs in Asia and Africa, where waste infrastructure is not universally accessible or adequate to meet the demands of the population. The card game will teach its players about the dangers of litter and the importance of disposing of waste correctly.
How the card game works
Waste Masters Africa can be played in schools, homes and businesses by people of all ages. The goal of the card game is to score as few points as possible – the lowest score at the end of the game wins. Each playing card has a cartoon that depicts a waste management practice and a number on its face.
The better the waste disposal practice, the lower the number. A new card will be designed and produced every week until all the cards are available for purchase. The game requires players to make the right decisions and choose the best waste management practices in order to win.
Cartoonists from Uganda, Nigeria, Zambia and Morocco will collaborate on the visual components of the cards. “My hope is that I can use my art to reverse the impact of poor waste management and cause a genuine change in our environment,” says cartoonist Drew Tete from Uganda.
“To make climate change action work we need to integrate all possible ways of information sharing and reception. In my experience as a videogame developer, I find that games have the potential for engagement and creating awareness. We all have a role to play,” says owner and Chief Creative Officer at Foresight Comics (Zambia), Mwelwa Musonko.
This international project will help to educate African citizens about environmental challenges that the continent is currently facing. Littering and dumping of waste are two of the biggest problems for waste management companies and governments in Africa. Waste Masters Africa will hopefully inspire players to take responsibility for their waste.
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