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Jakarta Post

Ecomonopoly introduced to teach children environmental issues

  • Theresia Sufa

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor, West Java   /   Sun, May 15 2011   /  08:00 am

Annisa Hasanah, a student of landscape architecture at the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), created a game, dubbed Ecomonopoly, in 2009 — around the time climate change issues began to get the attention of the Indonesian people.

Her green version of the board game Monopoly has not only landed in classrooms but also many parts of the world.

“I created the game because at that time we still lacked games or media to educate children about environmental issues. The other reason is that many of us don’t care much about the environment, so we have to create a mindset at an early age of how important the issue is for our future,” said Annisa.

Ecomonopoly, just like the original version, is played in group. The difference is that the content is not about real estate, but biodiversity, national reserve parks, carbon footprints and landscape architecture. Ecomopoly...