Waking Wakefield Quests

If we change, the world will change

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General information

These quests are here to help you get started. Each usually includes at least one activity that a younger child can complete with support, but the Wild Child Quest is a great place to start!

As you complete quests, remember to include the email and username that you registered with Waking Wakefield. This will ensure that you receive replies from the fae, unlock achievements, earn points and much more.

You may prefer to go rogue and create your own climate-quests, instead of completing those given by the fae. You can let complete any individual quests you undertake here. As long as you complete a total of twelve quests, you will be able to enjoy all of the game elements.

Remember, we need to stop the all of the fae from coming back. To do that, we have to show the six fae in Wakefield District that we are working to look after our environment.

If you would like further guidance on how to play, then take less 5-minutes to watch this support video:

How to play Waking Wakefield

Waking Wakefield aims to enable and empower us with the positive actions that we can take in the face of the climate crisis. However, exploring environmental issues can feel overwhelming and if your mental health is affected, please seek help and support via this list of some UK mental health charities.

Shifting Season Quests

The Green Man of Wakefield Town

I have lived for as long as green things have grown upon this earth.

That is old. I remember when humanity was young. All of you huddling together. I showed you plants that you could eat. I helped you hunt.

Now the very earth that fed you, needs you to help it. You can, you know. I’ve seen humans rise to every challenge. Will you rise to this now?

Humanity has never known the full force of my anger. I feel it now. But Rombald convinced me to give you this chance. This last chance.

Energy-Wise Quest

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A lot of energy is wasted in the UK, or used when great alternatives are available. Here’s a list of some simple things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. When you’ve completed this challenge, even if you’ve only be able to complete some of it, remember to report your progress to the Fae and claim you Energy-Wise badge.

Follow these steps to complete the Energy-Wise Quest:

  • How often are lights left on in empty rooms where you live? Turn them off from now on.
  • Each year in the UK, standby mode generates the equivalent CO2 emissions of 1.4 million long haul flights. Say goodbye to standby – turn it off and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Games consoles are built to become obsolete. You can write to the companies that create the consoles you play, and ask them how they are fulfilling their carbon neutral promises. Consoles also default to standby and voice activation. Choose ENERGY SAVING in settings.
  • Linking voice controlled devices like Alexa to televisions etc. more than doubles their energy use. If you don’t need voice activation, don’t use it.

Complete the Energy-Wise Quest by:

  1. trying some or all of the above challenges;
  2. trying any additional related challenges that you think of;
  3. recording your progress in the form below for the fae to see.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Quest

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In the UK, we buy a lot of things that we don’t need, or that we rarely use. We can have a positive environmental impact by thinking about what we really need, and if there are other ways to access it.

When you’ve completed this challenge, even if you’ve only be able to complete some of it, remember to report your progress to the Fae and claim your RRR badge.

Follow these steps to complete the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Quest:

Complete the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Quest by:

  1. trying some or all of the above challenges;
  2. trying any additional related challenges that you think of;
  3. recording your progress in the form below for the fae to see.

Water Quests

Jen the Kelpie of Normanton

I despise humans.

Always have. Now the others are beginning to understand why.

Look at what you’ve done to the rivers and oceans. They team with plastic. The creatures living here are full of it. All your fault. Short-sighted, short-lived humans.

I hope you fail. Then the kelpies will return to the waters and you will never harm them again.

But Rombald convinced Jack – that’s the Green Man – and he voted with the giant and that gnome. So now you have a chance. Good luck.

The Plastic Quest

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Single-use plastics are made primarily from fossil-fuel-based chemicals (petrochemicals), meant to be disposed of right after use. Single-use plastics are most commonly used for packaging and service ware, such as bottles, wrappers, straws, and bags. Much of this plastic finds its way to rivers, lakes, ponds and oceans.

There are some simple things that we can all do to combat this problem.

When you’ve completed this challenge, even if you’ve only be able to complete some of it, remember to report your progress to the Fae and claim your Plasic-Conscious badge.

Follow these steps to complete the Plastic Quest:

  1. Swap disposable coffee cups for reusable ones from sellers like ecoffeecup.com;
  2. Replace cling film and sandwich bags with paper bags or Tupperware boxes or beeswax or vegan wax cloths from sellers like beeswaxwraps.co.uk;
  3. Carry a reusable water bottle;
  4. Try using shampoo and conditioner bars instead of bottles from the supermarket from sellers like kinkind.co.uk and likenanadid.co.uk;
  5. Say no to plastic straws. You can find metal or paper ones online via helpful lists like this;
  6. Carry a shopping bag with you to avoid buying a plastic bag at the shop;
  7. Avoid plastic throwaway cutlery. Pack your own from home, or consider getting a camping-set to keep in your bag, from sellers like gooutdoors.co.uk;
  8. Use a guppybag to limit the impact of microfibre pollution from washing synthetic clothes.

Complete the Plastic Quest by:

  • trying some or all of the above challenges;
  • trying any additional related challenges that you think of;
  • recording your progress in the form below for the fae to see.
Glitter-Quest

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Glitter is beautiful and we find it everywhere. But it’s also extremely harmful to the environment, and is particularly damaging to marine life. There are alternatives, and here is why it would help the environment if you stopped using glitter and switched to an alternative today.

Follow these steps to complete the Glitter-Quest:

  • Say, ‘No’ to glitter and products using glitter like birthday and seasonal cards;
  • If you have used glitter, then wipe it up with a damp tissue or piece of kitchen roll, and throw it in the bin instead of washing it down the drain;
  • In crafting activities use natural items instead of glitter, like flower petals, leaves, sand and lentils;
  • Bio-degradable glitter does exist, but be wary when buying because terms like ‘eco’ and ‘bio-degradable’ are not strictly regulated. Some so-called ‘eco’ glitter is coated in plastic.
  • This trademarked logo indicates that a product is using genuinely bio-degradable glitter.
  • Finding alternatives can be fun, if you have or work with children, involve them in thinking up alternatives;
  • If you are a young person, challenge your grown-up to help you think of alternatives.

Complete the Glitter-Quest by:

  • trying some or all of the above challenges;
  • trying any additional related challenges that you think of;
  • recording your progress in the form below for the fae to see.

Local Habitat Quests

Rombald the Giant of Castleford

I believe in you.

Never forget that.

The others took one look at the earth, took one breath of the broken air and they were ready to bring all the fae back then and there. Not me.

I understand humans. Always have.

You just need reminding of your place. You’re part of nature. You belong in it. You must find green spaces, places in nature. Look for the birds and the creatures within them. Get to know them and you’ll get to know yourselves again.

Wild Child Quest

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Studies have found that being in nature helps children learn more effectively, feel better about themselves, the world and others, work more easily with others, communicate more clearly and leads to increased exercise. Being in nature instead of outdoor urban environments even seems to improve symptoms of ADHD in children by 30%. Children need nature, it helps them to flourish.

Another study has found that children are spending less time in nature and their knowledge of wildlife is in decline. If they cannot name it, how can they care for it? Fortunately, there are lots of simple things that children can do, with the support of adults, to enjoy and better understand wildlife.

Follow these steps to complete the Wild Child Quest:

  • Take this quiz to see if you can name these plants and creatures;
  • Ask a grown-up to download Wakefield’s 50 Things to do Before You’re 5 app and have a go;
  • Ask a grown-up to the download National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4s list and have a go;
  • With an adult’s help, join Wildlife Watch and get involved with lots of fun activities;
  • Make a mini-beast den and remember to check on it from time to time to see which creatures your den has attracted;
  • Make a bird feeder and keep a look out for your feathered guests;
  • When traveling, if possible, try and use greener routes. If there aren’t many green spaces near you, consider getting and indoor plant;
  • Try to spend some time every day, or at least three times a week, in nature: find different trees and pick up discarded leaves to make rubbings, spot bugs, jump in puddles…

Complete the Wild Child Quest by:

  • trying some or all of the above challenges;
  • trying any additional related challenges that you think of;
  • recording your progress in the form below for the fae to see.
Find Your Wild Quest

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Research has found that we all benefit from time spent in nature. Enjoying our environment also encourages us to look after it. Being in nature can help to reduce anxiety and stress, it can also help us find our sense of wonder.

There are lots of simple things that we can do to enjoy and better understand wildlife.

Follow these steps to complete the Find Your Wild Quest:

  • Try Forest Bathing: research has found that Forest Bathing reduces stress and anxiety. It’s also important for improving feelings of connection with nature. Click here for more about Forest Bathing and advice on how to get started;
  • Grow some food: growing any plant benefits us, but growing vegetables or fruit can be even more rewarding. Find out more about: growing food indoors; joining community gardens and applying for an allotment;
  • Explore your local area: there are lots of accessible routes to discover, try the Wakefield Way; join a local rambling group; try Geocaching on your usual routes to turn them into treasure hunts; download the Love Exploring app for free and discover stories and games to play on local routes;
  • Reignite your sense of wonder by spending some time watching the stars. Here are some things that you can see, many of them without needing binoculars or telescopes.

Complete the Find Your Wild Quest by:

  • trying some or all of the above challenges;
  • trying any additional related challenges that you think of;
  • recording your progress in the form below for the fae to see.


Resource Quests

Hilde the Gnome of Featherstone

I was with Rombald in the vote to start with. Yes – I was horrified when I put my hands to the earth. I could feel the pain of it. But, you see, I like humans. Always have.

So I thought that you deserved a chance.

I remember the miners; kindred spirits to us gnomes of the earth. I don’t think it’s ever the individual that takes too much, it just seems to be the one’s in charge. There’s a kind of mining that cares. All of those people down the pits… at the end of the day they cared.

And I don’t think you really know how you can help. Or even how you hurt. So takes these quests and you’ll see how much you really can help.

The Tech-Smart Quest

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Technology has come to occupy significant importance in our day-to-day lives. The average smartphone is used for just over 2-years before we upgrade to the latest model.

The cost of smartphone production to the environment and to the human beings mining the necessary minerals, often in areas of zones, is too high. There are some simple steps that we can all take to reduce the impact of our phones on others and on the environment.

When you’ve completed this challenge, even if you’ve only be able to complete some of it, remember to report your progress to the Fae and claim your Tech-Smart badge.

Follow these steps to complete the complete the Tech-Smart Quest:

  • Only buy a new phone or device if you absolutely need one;
  • If you do need a new phone, buy refurbished or a fairphone;
  • Recycle, sell or give your old phone away to charities that can raise funds by recycling the phone for you (remember to restore factory settings first);
  • Apply these steps to any devices that you need or want: (1) research the environmental and human impact of the device; (2) discover ethical alternatives; (3) recycle your old device – ethicalconsumer.org is a good starting point.

Complete the Tech-Smart Quest by:

  1. trying some or all of the above challenges;
  2. trying any additional related challenges that you think of;
  3. recording your progress in the form below for the fae to see.

Reduce Rubbish Quest

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Much of the rubbish in the UK is destined for landfill where it takes anything from several months to hundreds of years to breakdown. Fortunately, there are some simple things that we can all do to combat this issue.

When you’ve completed this challenge, even if you’ve only be able to complete some of it, remember to report your progress to the fae and claim you Reduce-Rubbish badge.

Follow these steps to complete the Reduce Rubbish Quest:

  • Turn your rubbish into craft! This is a great activity for children and adults alike, there are some wonderful suggestions online for using things that would otherwise be thrown away, here are two sites to check out: thesprucecrafts.com and rubbishplease.co.uk – start collecting some rubbish with a fun project in mind;
  • It might be rubbish to you, but organisations like The Recycle Yard could have a use for it;
  • Avoid products made with nylon, polyester and acrylic, you can source ecological and ethical alternatives via sites like uk.buymeonce.com, make the switch to products that breakdown;
  • Look after your clothes and other items like bags and shoes to extend their usefulness: loveyourclothes.org.uk offers great simple care tips, take a look and decide to care for products more;
  • There are some great alternatives to wet wipes / baby wipes, check them out at ecothriftyliving.com and countryliving.com/uk, and commit to trying one;
  • There are alternatives to plastic six-pack can holders, such as the KeelClip, you can look for products that are packaged sustainably in this, or similar, ways and choose to buy these instead;
  • Crips packets are not recyclable on the kerbside, but you can recycle them for free through The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme – start recycling today;
  • There are lots of sustainable and eco-friendly toothbrushes now, and peacewiththewild.co.uk is just one of many sites offering some great options, switch from plastic toothbrushes today;
  • Collect broken monofilament fishing line to recycle at recycle points and, even better, switch to a biodegradable line;
  • There are some great eco-friendly period products out there, scan some options in this Independent Article and commit to trying one.

Complete the Energy-Wise Quest by:

  1. trying some or all of the above challenges;
  2. trying any additional related challenges that you think of;
  3. recording your progress in the form below for the fae to see.

Forest Quests

Áine the Knottingley Faerie

What have you done?

This land was full of trees. Ancient oaks and playful poplars… and so many more. All of them host to countless creatures. And to us. The faerie folk.

I could hear them sing then. Now they’re silent. So silent. They still speak to one another, but not to anything else. Even me.

Did you know that an ill tree is aided by its neighbours? They send one another nutrients through their roots. They are alive and they are caring, nurturing creatures.

You will have to go to great lengths to get me on the side of humans again.

Deforestation Quest

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Some argue that planting trees is the single most effective thing that we can do to offset our carbon footprint. Not only do trees provide us with oxygen to breathe, they also lock carbon away and provide homes and habitats for all kinds of creatures, leading to greater bio-diversity.

If we really want to save the world, we need to look after our existing trees and plant more.

Follow these steps to complete the Deforestation Quest:

  1. Plant trees: if you have a garden you can plant a tree there; you can get involved with community or school tree-planting; you can donate to charities that plant trees; you can use Ecosia, a search engine that uses its ad revenue to plant trees around the world;
  2. Check that products listing soya or palm oil are sourcing those ingredients sustainably – for example, the Meatless Farm sources soya with care;
  3. Reduce your meat consumption. There are brilliant meat-free recipes available online, start following people like Jack Monroe for great cost-effective and often meat-free recipes. You can also swap out meat from time to time with plant-based alternatives, like those provided by the Meatless Farm. There’s also a great vegan restaurant in Wakefield called Corarima and a wonderful vegan/vegetarian cafe called Throwback Coffee House;
  4. Recycle paper on the kerbside or yourself. Make something new out of old paper, use your recycled paper for craft activities. If you need a new paper-based product try to find a version made with recycled paper.
  5. Support environmental policies that protect forests and conservation sites;
  6. Use fewer single-use items (even those made from paper or wood, like paper plates and wooden cutlery);
  7. Share what you’ve learned with others.

Complete the Deforestation Quest by:

  1. trying some or all of the above challenges;
  2. trying any additional related challenges that you think of;
  3. recording your progress in the form below for the fae to see.
Green Spaces Quest

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Follow these steps to complete the Green Spaces Quest:

  • If you have access to a green space, try and use it at least once a week. Spend time exploring it, and discovering things you haven’t noticed before;
  • Volunteer. Many local parks / green spaces are maintained by volunteers. If you have spare time and you enjoy being outdoors, consider joining your local Green Space Friends Group.
  • Litter can be extremely harmful to wild animals. If you can’t find a bin, then take your litter with you. Consider joining or starting a safe litter-pick.
  • Understanding the wildlife around you can be great fun. Have a go at identifying the different trees near you – this free Woodland Trust app may help.
  • Discover what’s happening near you to develop green spaces and get in touch to have your say.

Complete the Green Spaces Quest by:

  1. trying some or all of the above challenges;
  2. trying any additional related challenges that you think of;
  3. recording your progress in the form below for the fae to see.

Animal Quests

Padfoot the Dog of Pontefract

Rombald had to convince me to give you all another chance.

He and I are old friends, so I am doing him this favour. Understand that it is a favour to him, not you.

Even before The Agreement I had cause to be wary of humankind. Some of you are good enough I suppose, but others… let’s just say you can tell a lot about a person on how they treat creatures that are weaker than them. I’ve never liked the way that humans treat animals, but it’s even worse now.

My question is can you change? Are you even capable?

Reduce Meat Quest

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On average people in the UK eat too much meat for their health and wellbeing, not to mention the environmental impact of the meat industry. We can significantly help both the environment and ourselves by reducing our meat consumption by half. If we eat half as much meat, we can save the world. And perhaps, some of us, might even go a little further.

It’s make or break time, and there are so many great tasting and inexpensive alternatives to try. This one is easy to fix, one delicious meal at a time.

Follow these steps to complete the Reduce Meat Quest:

  • Try swapping your beef burger for a vegan burger. You can try an alternative available in the supermarkets, or have a go at making your own following recipes from sites like bbcgoodfood.com and caretobebetter (INSERT LINK);
  • Try 3 vegan meals this week to reduce the impact non-vegan recipes have on our land – you could select the vegan option at school or in local cafes for a change – check out the vegan/vegetarian cafe, Throwback Coffee House, in Wakefield City. If you’re enjoying an evening out in Wakefield District, try Corarima for something tasty and delightful;
  • Try seaweed for a fishy and healthy alternative to fish and shellfish – you can find recipes like this one, and the butter and cheese can easily be swapped out for vegan alternatives if you prefer;
  • Take your time and give it a try – you don’t have to change overnight, and you may find that you really enjoy some new recipes, or switching out meat for a plant-based alternative every now and then. This would be more of a flexitarian approach.

Complete the Reduce Meat Quest by:

  1. trying some or all of the above challenges;
  2. trying any additional related challenges that you think of;
  3. recording your progress in the form below for the fae to see.
Rewilding Quest

Follow these steps to complete the Rewilding Quest:

Complete the Rewilding Quest by:

  1. trying some or all of the above challenges;
  2. trying any additional related challenges that you think of;
  3. recording your progress in the form below for the fae to see.

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