Save earth…through a game

I’ll soon be posting some green chemistry news from the specialty chemical company Lanxess.

But while I’m working on it (and sipping my green tea frapp from a nearby Starbucks here in Pittsburgh, Pa), here’s a cool game to ease your pain in waiting for my next post [with bated breath I assume].

Presenting Treewala, a vocabulary game that not only will make you learn more about the environment, it will also let you help contribute in saving a South American rainforest, according to this green social media company Greenwala Inc.

The company said Treewala tests a player’s vocabulary skills and adapts the level of difficulty based on the number of correct answers. Players earn one leaf for every word they define correctly. Every leaf generates revenue, which Greenwala uses to buy trees to plant as part of the Marion Institute Los Gaviotas project.

When you get 20 leaves, you get to save one whole tree! Have fun planting!

3 Responses to Save earth…through a game

  1. Joseph Chang 22 August, 2008 at 8:41 pm #

    I was getting excited playing Treewala and had already gotten 22 answers correct (1 tree planted!) but then I noticed some very biased “correct” answers.

    For example, did you know:
    Nitrate = harmful compound
    Generator = pollution source

    Well I planted my one tree!


  2. Doris de Guzman 25 August, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    I guess this shows that the chemical industry do need to educate consumers and public advocates about the benefits of chemistry to lessen ignorance and biased attitude. Maybe there should be a law to start green chemistry education at grade school level.

    Congratulations on you first virtual tree Joe! Now all you need to do is use your investigative journalism skills and check if Greenwala is really going to plant your tree for you.

  3. Fiona Mathews 16 May, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Hi Your work looks very worthwhile!!

    Our organization would be very interested to learn more and perhaps see about working together on taking this out to many people if that would be of interest to you.

    I look forward to speaking to you if possible by phone. My number is 07726780767

    with best wishes
    Fiona Mathews
    Earth Champions Foundation

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