Y-Adapt is a curriculum for young people consisting of games and playful activities. It helps them to both understand climate change and to take practical action to adapt to the changing climate in their community. These actions are local interventions that reduce the impacts of extreme-weather events. 


Session 1: Introduction

An introduction to Y-adapt ending in a creative competition where teams present real-life examples of youth-led adaptations from around the world.



Session 2: Climate change challenge

A playful session that demonstrates weather compared to climate, leading into an energetic game that teaches about the greenhouse effect, global warming and climate change.


Session 3: Map the hazard

Critical thinking challenge to map out extreme weather and its impacts. Voting determines the most frequent and impactful hazards in the local community.



Session 4: See the system

A card game where teams of players compete to identify how people, places, and things (resources) fit into systems. This is followed by an interactive exercise in which youth systematically brainstorm the important resources in their community.



Session 5: Act to Adapt

A giant board game that gets youth to prioritise important resources in their community which are vulnerable to specific extreme weather events. Youth must negotiate with each other to take individual or collective actions to protect their community resources.


Session 6: Choose your challenge

An interactive challenge in which youth must create an action plan to adapt their community. Youth engage in a reality role-play competition to act through challenges and solutions in implementing their plans, before choosing the adaptation they will implement in real life.

Session 7: Global Y-Adapt community

This is the final session of the Y-adapt curriculum. Youth will create an Adaptation Card based on the real world adaptation that they made.



facilition guide and other materials are available on this website. We have also translated the files to French, find the J'Adapte files here


Y-Adapt is the product of a collaboration between Plan International, the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, the Philippine Red Cross, Plan Philippines, and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.

We are currently working with the Haitian Red Cross and the Iranian Red Crescent and other partners on further improving and expanding this methodology. 


Questions? Email: games@climatecentre.org


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How to get access for Sessions 6 and 7...? Thank you.

me crop - climate adaptation.

Hello Mark, we have now published the page for session 6 so you should be able to assess that. @Brigitte Rudram, will the session 7 materials be available soon?

All the best, Julia



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