Gosh, what a wise and careful use of taxpayer money. The worst part is that you just know no one at Columbia sees anything wrong with this.

Katherine Timpf of Campus Reform reports.

Columbia University to spend $5.7 million in taxpayer funds on climate change games

Columbia University has received millions in taxpayer funds to create games depicting horrible scenarios that could come about as a result of climate change, including a series of mock voicemails of people screaming, gasping for air and being swept away by waves.

“If the tsunami doesn’t get us, the heat might,” a man says in a voicemail to his mother set in 2065. “I’m just calling to say I love you and I miss you and it might be the last time you hear my voice. Bye.”

Other callers include a man screaming as he is suddenly swallowed up by a giant tsunami and a woman desperately gasping for air because she is “Out of CO2 credits.”

The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued Columbia a $5.7 million grant for its PoLAR Climate Change Education project to use games to “engage adult learners and inform public understanding and response to climate change.”

“Games and game-like approaches motivate exploration and learning of complex material,” the grant description states.

The website featuring the fake voicemails, called Future Coast, was created in response to these guidelines.

Other predictions foretold in the voicemails include that all of the glaciers in the Sierra Nevada will be gone by 2038, and that most of the coasts and beaches will “have disappeared” by 2059.