Become an undercover agent to defend the environment in a comic strip

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News Published 30 Apr 2008 Last modified 21 Jun 2016
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Children can now learn about ways to protect the environment, while chasing eco-villains on the European Environment Agency's new 'Eco Agents' website, available in 24 languages.

Eco Agents website invites 9- to 14-year-olds to become undercover 'eco agents' in comic strip stories. In each story, five heroes from the Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Turkey and Greece are assigned to a special mission, such as infiltrating a 'wind farm' in the Netherlands, which is a cover-up for a natural gas extraction facility. After creating a personal profile, each new recruit actually appears in the comic strips alongside the permanent characters. Each mission includes games where children earn points towards a general score. 

Two storylines on climate change and water quality are already online. They will be followed by stories on sustainable lifestyle, biodiversity and air quality. 

Teacher's corner

Each storyline has a corresponding quiz. Correct answers provide feedback and further information on that particular issue, whereas incorrect answers first provide a hint and then invite the player to try again. The quizzes can also be downloaded and used in classrooms.

Teachers can also access other educational material as well as a list of websites in their country where they can find more detailed information about environmental issues. 

Presenting the website to future 'eco-agents'

The European Environment Agency will present the Eco Agents website at 'SciFest 2008', a science and technology festival for teenagers, to be held on 16–19 April 2008 in Juensuu, Finland.




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