The story about Climate Call begins on the address Doktor Bex gata 5 in Guldheden in Gothenburg, 2009. There and then, David Andersson moves in to the football (soccer) coach Jonas Karlén’s flat. David soon gets employment as a PhD student at the Department of Energy and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology, where he begins researching sustainable consumption. David and Jonas become close friends and, among other things, arrange the amateur bar Guldhedens biblioteksbar where Jonas mixes cocktails and David makes hot sandwiches. In addition, David raises Jonas climate awareness by constantly pointing out when he showers too long, forget to turn off the lamp or eat meat for dinner.
– Energy! says David.
– Okay! says Jonas.
In the end of 2016, seven years after David has raised Jonas’s climate conscience that is, Jonas takes the course about games and simulations as tools for learning at University of Gothenburg. At the introduction he gets the idea of a card game where the player places different activities on a line, ordered by the amount of climate impact they have. He tells David about the idea and David loves it! A simple prototype is presented and played at a lunch seminar at the Department of Energy and Environment at Chalmers. Both PhD students and professors become lyrical about the game. Above all, David’s two colleagues Erik Sterner, a passionate ideas man interested in pedagogy and climate physics, and Stefan Wirsenius, world-leading scientist on climate impacts from food and land use, become interested and both get involved in the development of the game. An enhanced prototype is developed and used for a number of study visits for high school students organized by David. The students and their teachers also like the game, and David, Jonas, Erik and Stefan go together to form the company Klimatkoll Guldheden AB, with the purpose of spreading the game to a larger audience.