Climate Change: A Transmedia Experience
Global warming, climate change and mass species extinction are all consequences of our actions toward nature. Many have considered that Earth has an infinite supply of natural resources. Likewise, many freely exploit it for profit. However, climate change caused by human behavior has placed all life on the planet at risk – including our own. Although a number of agencies and organizations around the globe have attempted to address some of these issues through educational campaigns targeted at young people. with the ideology: “Educate the youth so they make better decisions in the future,” however, there aren’t many distributed narratives around climate change targeted at kids in age range eight to fifteen. So, my research question is: How might transmedia storytelling be used to educate fourth to eighth graders about the climate change and ecological imbalance occurring due to the actions and decisions of the human race? The project aims to create a transmedia experience wherein the audience, comprised of fourth to eighth grade students, can learn and understand the effects of climate change, its causes, and the effect it has on earth and its ecological system. Zinkos Quest to Save the Earth is a transmedia narrative wherein Zinko is a thirteen year old boy trying to save the earth from flooding and the ice caps from melting. The movie “End of Snow” acts as the tentpole for the transmedia framework. The narrative then works towards engaging the students into a dialog amongst themselves, and brainstorm ways to save the earth. The framework inspires inquiry and critical thinking into the learning process, at the same time engaging the kids through an interactive learning model. The overall goals are twofold: 1) create content that is participatory and engages students, through stories, and activities for self-reflection and 2)(b) create an engaging environment using transmedia, comprised of a digital and physical space that is part of a single narrative.