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International GeoQuest

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” — Henry David Thoreau, American poet, essayist, philosopher, and one of the leading figures of transcendentalism.

Adventure, one of the main drivers of humankind's development throughout history. From the travels of Marco Polo to Ferdinand Magellan's first circumnavigation of the world, our species has always looked forward to meeting the unknown despite our fears, to go out, to walk beyond the borders of our house, our village, our country. It is the search for what the world may offer to us for our growth.

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity that encompasses exactly that: to satisfy our need to look beyond our known frontiers. In geocaching challenges, participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or a mobile device, as well as other navigational techniques, to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.

Looking to satisfy our need for adventure while providing knowledge on the theme of climate change, the 'Game on!' project will develop an International GeoQuest that will help to showcase the diverse effects of climate change and its links with our environment. The GeoQuest challenge will include climate change riddles, its effect on people, cities, and ecosystems in the partner countries. Every adventurer will be invited to solve them based on clues from the surrounding and, thus, eventually find the treasure.

This activity will target over 100 000 nature-lovers who are already involved in geocaching in the partner countries, but the riddles and the diversity of questing trails — some of which will be located in cities — and its international aspect will be aimed at also making it attractive to a wider audience of young people. This geocaching challenge will be an opportunity to link different pieces of a complex problem, that of climate change and its impacts on both nature and people, thus enhancing user experience and learning.

This activity will be led by Slovak partner BROZ.

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