The Climate Games and Problem Solving Tools are divided into 4 categories; Climate Dynamics, What Can I Do?, What Can We Do?, and Negotiations Materials. Some tools and games are available in French, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.
In this section explore the factors and processes that affect climate change and learn to avoid common misunderstandings that threaten the development of successful climate change mitigation policy.
Learn why ending the growth in emissions is not enough to confront climate change with a handy visual aid. The failure to understand the simple physical fact that is illustrated with this animation has had serious consequences for policymaking.
Still confused about why emissions need to be cut and not just prevented from growing to prevent further climate change? This problem, although not about climate change, illustrates the physical facts behind the need while discussing the reasons why so many people have difficulty coming to this realization. The full paper from which this problem is excerpted is available here.
Explore the importance of major cuts in emissions, with this tool that allows shows emissions, atmospheric Carbon Dioxide levels, temperature, and sea level rise given various levels of action regarding emissions levels.
Continue exploring the dynamics of climate change with a set of exercises that looks at the way delays and positive feedback effect our ability to develop good climate policy.
In this section increase your awareness of your energy use and learn how to live in a more energy efficient manner by playing fun and educational games.
Locate potential energy efficiency improvements and answer quiz questions to lower a house’s energy use. This game meant for younger audiences provides a fun and easy format for learning to save energy.
Carbon Story :
A new social start-up founded by a Harvard alum aimed at providing users with a fun, informative, and constructive way to be part of the solution to climate change. The game responds to specific countries and lifestyles, incorporates the newest data and evidence, and keeps a history of your impact over time.
In this section learn what can be done by people working together in a community whether it’s a company determining how to reduce its environmental impact, a city ensuring its energy supply, or a nation trying to meet its international commitments to emissions reductions.
When the official in charge of submitting a report on energy strategy disappears, the task falls to you to chart a path to stabilized emissions in this computerized version of the Wedge Game. Materials for original paper version of the Wedge Game are available here. A free account is needed to play the computerized version.
Learn the factors behind pollution levels in this game that allows you to determine the weather, land use patterns, and economic setup of a city. The simulator reports back on a variety of pollutants depending on the choices you make.
Take on the role of mayor of a small town and turn it into a powerful city while balancing environmental concerns, energy needs, and the economy. This free city building game helps illustrate the intersections between climate change and energy security.
Can you make America energy independent? Set your desired level of oil imports and see if you can develop policies that make the switch away from foreign oil possible. This simulation illustrates the challenges of switching away from oil and the futility of many of the stop-gap measures that are proposed instead of real efforts to shift away from oil use.
In this game from the BBC, see if you can lead a European nation to carbon neutrality while garnering commitments from other nations. But be conscious of your popularity and the economy.
This game, launched by financial service provider Allianz and WWF (World Widelife Fund), allows users to slip into the role of a CEO and show which business strategies work out to reduce carbon, reduce risks and increase the long-term profitability. The aim of the game is to identify which investments at what time will set the course for a profitable growth in the low carbon economy of the future. CEO2 shows the possible impacts of business decisions in the chemical, automobile, utility and finance industries over the next 20 years. The success of the player is measured according to the development of the stock price and the carbon emissions.
In this section find tools to aid the simulation of international climate negotiations. Whether you are looking for a model to tell you the results of your final agreement or materials to provide to the players, you can find what you are looking for here.
A free set of materials to simulate international climate negotiations. These materials developed by Craig Hart are great for classes on climate change or student groups concerned about the climate.
This simulator allows the moderator of a climate negotiation exercise to simulate the results of the final agreement. Negotiation exercises benefit through the integration of the ability to see what the abstract emissions targets mean for temperature and sea level rise. C-Learn is the simplified free version of the Climate Rapid Overview and Decision-support Simulator (C-ROADS), which was lauded by an external scientific review. The technical information for C-ROADS is available here. The C-ROADS material is available in Chinese here.
This is a really great game, though rather difficult. It's modeled after the Simcity games, where you had to develop and guide a community by managing various resources/interests and building appropriately/wisely. Clim'Way is a really impressive adaptation of that game for climate change education: you have to manage the reduction of energy use and emissions over the course of 50 years. It's really sophisticated: it shows how manifold the factors affecting climate change are, and how self-reinforcing the process is (ie if you change one element, it changes other elements). And it tries to show how you have to balance a range of interests, with different actions affecting different groups/parties.
Ecoville / Espace joueurs
Similar to Clim'Way, though not as sophisticated ; in Clim'Way, you have to guide a city already at high levels of emissions and energy use towards lower, acceptable levels. Ecoville is a bit less realistic in that you are essentially building a city from the ground up. Clim'Way seems to address the difficulty of dealing with the infrastructure that is already in place.
Developed by the Québec government, this game is aimed more directly at possible citizen/consumer action. It's essentially a race against the clock to find possible efficiency changes in one's home. Simpler, but maybe more immediately gratifying.
Kiotin y la Maquina del Tiempo:
This resource is a children's story designed to educate about the effects of climate change.
Tools and Games in Arabic:
Website in Arabic from Israel which includes more of an interactive presentation of information and a series of quiz questions: http://ofek.cet.ac.il/units/ar/science/intro.aspx
The Climate Games and Problem Solving Tools are divided into 4 categories; Climate Dynamics, What Can I Do?, What Can We Do?, and Negotiations Materials. Some games are available in French, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese.
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