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Books & Articles

Print resources about how we respond to the climate crisis, the importance of joy and play, or both!

The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again   (2021)

Catherine Price

A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet  (2020)

Sarah Jaquette Ray


The Book of Delights: Essays  (2020)

Ross Gay

A Playful Path  (2014)  (Available online at

Bernard DeKoven

The Ministry for the Future  (2020)

Kim Stanley Robinson

Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think is Critical to Solving the Climate Crisis  (2020)

Elin Kelsey

Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration  (2022)

Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul   (2010)

Stuart Brown & Christopher Vaughan

Playful Intelligence:The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World   (2018)

Anthony DeBenedet

Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness   (2018)
Ingrid Fettel Lee


All the Feelings Under the Sun: How to Deal with Climate Change   (2021)

Leslie Davenport

Michael Rosen's Book of Play! Why Play Really Matters, and 101 Ways to Get More of It in Your Life  (2019)

Michael Rosen

Hope and Courage in the Climate Crisis  (2021)

John Wiseman

Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secrets of Games   (2016)

Ian Bogust

Games, websites and other playful things...

Greenhouse Game: Our Home is in Your Hands


World Climate Simulation (C-Roads)

Your Climate Journey

How Bad are Bananas?

A deep, flexible, fun and engaging way of learning about your own carbon impacts. Needs a facilitator to work well and is based on the popular science book by Professor Mike Berners-Lee.

Can Your Reach Net Zero?


Climate Adam
With a PhD in climate science from Oxford, Adam Levy tries to make sense of climate change with humor-filled YouTube videos.
The late Bernie DeKoven's site including a blog about play and a collection games designed to help us practice playfulness.


Inside the Greenhouse
Students at the University of Colorado develop climate change-related sketch comedy for a class on creative climate communication. This is part of a larger project called "Inside the Greenhouse.


EarthGames is a growing community of researchers, game developers and students who share a passion for games and the environment. Here is a collection of their games.



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U.S. Play Coalition -


“CounterPlay” - a playful community on Facebook


The Playful University -

Professors at Play! -   Twitter: @PlayProfessors  Facebook: @professorsatplay

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