Games of Change
The colorful book, ‘Games About Change’, combines impact case studies from 16 countries across Asia and the Pacific with games and activities designed to spur readers – whether they be students, parents and children or policy makers– to think about energy and the ways in which the world can shift to a cleaner, more sustainable future. The book aims to translate “technical talk” into plain language, supported by facts and figures.
Energy poverty continues to impact communities around the world. A majority of households in rural areas across Asia and the Pacific remain without access to modern forms of energy to cook, light their homes and provide heating.
Governments are making bold efforts to improve access to energy and reduce emissions. The book highlights examples of UNDP-supported projects from India – where the government is working to improve energy efficiency in the national railway systems and to develop sustainable urban transport – to Indonesia, where efforts have focused on nurturing investment in the renewable energy sector.
The book also draws on personal stories to illuminate the link between energy and women’s empowerment, education, and health.
In Islamabad, the story of a student benefitting from a new metro bus service, designed to reduce road emissions but also making it safer for women travelers;
In Bangladesh, the story of a father for whom a new solar lantern system was life-changing, enabling his children to study and for life to go on at night;
In India, the story of women being trained as “barefoot solar engineers”, learning to assemble, install and maintain solar-powered lights and lanterns in their villages;
In Hebei, the story of a rural family, including a ninety-year old grandmother, for whom a new house made from energy efficient bricks slashed heating and cooling bills.
In Tuvalu, the story of a nurse for whom access to 24-hour solar power will improve her workplace’s ability to store life-saving vaccines and medicines, and to power equipment used for the treatment of acute medical issues.