The year 2050 is a key moment in time – the world’s population is projected to be 2 billion more than today. Food production needs are expected to rise by over 60% resulting in increased pressure on agricultural land, habitats and communities.
Educators and agricultural experts are collaborating to teach the next generation about world food sustainability through a free education program called, Journey 2050.
Journey 2050 allows schools to experience agriculture like it’s never been taught before.
The program focuses on one profound question: How will we sustainably feed 9 billion people by the year 2050?
“True sustainability is balancing your social, economic and environmental footprint,” explained Lindsey Verhaeghe, Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist for Agrium, an agriculture input company. “Whether playing Journey 2050 guides students to a career in agriculture or not, an informed consumer is essential for the continued success of agriculture around the world.”
As grade 7-12+ students explore sustainable agriculture they make inquiry-based decisions to see the ripple effect on social, economic and environmental factors locally and globally.
Farm families from Kenya, India and Canada guide students through interactive games such as a virtual farm simulation and career avatar.
Teachers are encouraged to register online at www.Journey2050.com to access lesson plans, games and activities. The computer games and animated videos were designed to appeal to both technology-motivated students as well as teachers looking for direct links to science and social studies curriculum.
Download the games for free online, Apple App Store, Google Play or Windows Store. There are no advertisements or in-app purchases.
Journey 2050 (School Edition) and Farmers 2050 (Home Edition) are free education programs supported by Agrium, Crop Production Services, Calgary Stampede, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, 4-H Canada, Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, National Agriculture in the Classroom (USA), Nutrients for Life (Canada and USA), Ag for Life and National FFA Organization.