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Emisi: A Board Game That Helps Raise Awareness on Climate Change

By Muhammad Bilal Syahrir

Educating people on the environment is always a challenge for environmentalists. However, through a board game named Emisi, you can do it the fun way!


Educating people on the environment is always a challenge for environmentalists. However, through a board game named Emisi, you can do it the fun way. The game is designed by Indonesian environmentalist Mahawira Dillon and funded by the World Wildlife Fund.

Emisi is one of those unique board games that aims to not only have fun but also to educate the players. Additionally, the game is funded and fully supported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

This made me feel that “I have to talk to the person behind the game”. And I did exactly that. Mahawira Dillon is an Indonesian native who is the person in charge of creating this game.

Mahawira Dillon, creator of the game (second to the left).

He finished his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering Technology at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in 2007. He later went on to obtain a master’s degree on Climate Change at the Australian National University in 2014.

I met with Wira and we spent our time talking and playing the game itself. Here are some of the discussion on Emisi.

Can you share with us the thought process when creating this game?

Emisi’s first edition version before funded by the WWF.

Everybody knows that climate change is a real threat that humanity is facing at this moment in time. But not many know why it is so hard to counter. So through this game, we want players to actually see what’s going on.

In order to do so, we make players play as a country that has plans for infrastructure and nation development. Every country undoubtedly wants to be rich and successful right? To do so, they have construction and development plans.

The problem is that when us playing as a country focuses too much on the goal, the earth will be filled with emission. If the earth is fully filled with emission, every player in the game loses.

Through Emisi, we want to make sure that players can equally manage their country’s construction and development without forgetting the environment.

To find out more on Emisi and how the game is funded by WWF, check out the next page.

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