The Paris Conference on Climate Change, or COP21, to be held from November 30 to December 15, 2015 at Le Bourget Conference Center. World leaders will meet to decide what measures to put in place to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees – the amount predicted to a cause worldwide environmental catastrophe if reached.
But the COP21 is also an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the subject. A chance to be informed and to ask what we can do, alongside the actions of industry and government, to limit the damage. Control our carbon footprint, save energy, water, change some habits, and contribute to this good cause.
Here is a list of four apps that can educate, inform, and entertain, around this issue – showing us the possible our planet and presenting environmental news in real time. Some guide us, teaching us how to behave better and more responsibly. Others talk directly to children, encourage them to adopt good behaviors through play. And the final app will help you to refute the arguments of climate change skeptics.
So, are you ready to become a model environmental citizen? Here is what your smartphone can do for you!
GoodPlanet: follow environmental news
GoodPlanet for iPhone and iPad is intended to make you better understand major environmental issues at the global level through several types of content. The app obviously presents key data on deforestation and climate change, as well as a thematic news feed. But GoodPlanet goes further through Action Carbon calculator, you will know the amount of carbon you emit when you travel, and therefore be better equipped to reduce your footprint.
Download GoodPlanet for iOS
PlanetOcean: knowing what fish eat
Also developed by GoodPlanet, PlanetOcean turns its focus to news of the marine world, which it publishes in real-time. PlanetOcean lists 100 threatened species of fish and shellfish, looking at the state of reserves and fishing techniques. The idea is to guide users in the selection of species for consumption and therefore reduce the impact of Fishing on the diversity of ocean wildlife.
Cleanopolis VR: fight against pollution as Captain Clean!
Created by EDF on the occasion of COP21, this game allows children to understand greenhouse gases, carbon footprint, and climate change issues. Mini-games teach them the responsible actions and encourage them to acquire good reflexes. Playful and lively with nice graphics, the game offers an education through rewarding good behavior.
Skeptical Science: refute the climate change deniers
Inspired by John Cook’s famous blog, the Skeptical Science app aims to refute one by one the arguments of those who do not believe, or dismiss, the scientific research around climate change. If a co-worker is telling anyone who will listen that the oceans are cooling, the polar bear population is increasing, or that it has been like this since the Middle Ages – this app can show you how to respond.
Do you use any application to act against global warming and keep abreast of the climatic change? Let us know in the comments.