Climate Interactive is in Paris for COP 21

November 28, 2015 by Shanna Edberg

COP21The Climate Interactive team is heading to Paris for the UN climate talks taking place in the next two weeks. Drew Jones, Ellie Johnston, Travis Franck, and Beth Sawin from the Climate Interactive staff team will be there. Professors John Sterman of MIT Sloan and Juliette Rooney-Varga of UMass Lowell will also be joining us in Paris as well.

If you’re in Paris, it would be great to connect! Details about our activities are listed below. We would especially love to see you at our World Climate COP21 Simulation event and our COP21 exhibit booth.

If you’re not in Paris, join one of our webinars to follow updates.

Updates from Paris Webinar

Dates: Thursday, December 3, and Thursday, December 10

Time: 11:00 am EST

Location: Online, anywhere

Live from the Paris COP21 climate talks, the Climate Interactive team will provide a general update on the negotiations and what’s happening around plans to reduce emissions in accordance with the INDCs. We will also discuss Climate Interactive’s analysis and work at COP21.

Register here:

Conference of Youth (COY11)

World Climate COP21 Simulation

Dates: Thursday, November 26 to Saturday, November 28

Times: In English, 3:30-6:30 PM on Thursday Nov 26, 9 AM - 12 PM on Friday Nov 27, and 3:30-6:30 PM on Saturday Nov 26

In French, 9 AM - 12 PM on Thursday Nov 26, 3:30-6:30 PM on Friday Nov 27, and 9 AM - 12 PM on Saturday Nov 28

Description: Youth from around the world will converge on the 11th Conference of Youth and have the opportunity to participate in one of six simulations of the climate change negotiations that will be facilitated by Climate Interactive in partnership with CliMates and AlbedoClimat. Participants will play as negotiators working to create a global agreement that addresses climate change. Three of the simulations will be held in English and three in French. More information on the Conference of Youth here:

COY Round table at the Conference of Youth - Responsibility of States and INDC: how are north-south lines being blurred?

Date: Friday, December 27

Time: 4 - 5:30 PM

Description: On the eve of COP21, some states have revealed very ambitious contributions. Among them, some are famous for being main casualties in the face of climate change, even though they are hardly responsible for global warming. Other states, among the major polluters, do not match citizens’ expectations. There is still much uncertainty as to what will happen regarding financing climate change adaptation, its very nature and its strategy. Yet this issue influences the implementation of development plans for the global south.So, what is the balance of power before COP21? Who should pay for what and using which tools? Ellie Johnston will be a panelist for this round table. More information on the Conference of Youth here:

World Climate COP21 Simulation

Title: Interactive Simulation of UN Climate Negotiations

Date: Friday, December 4

Time: 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: The Climate Generations Area outside the COP21 conference center

Cost: Free and open to the public

Description: Climate Interactive will offer a chance to explore potential pathways to address climate change through an interactive demonstration of the World Climate game and computer simulations C-ROADS and En-ROADS. Put yourself in the shoes of the climate negotiators to see what it will take. Analysis of the INDC pledges will be offered alongside a framework for understanding how climate solutions can and must address other challenges simultaneously.

The event will help deepen understanding of the level of action needed to reach the goal of keeping climate change within 2degC and also meeting the needs of people worldwide. Additional objectives include:

  1. Giving participants tools that they can use themselves to evaluate climate pledges.
  2. Engage participants in a global network of people working with groups to educate others about climate action.
  3. Cultivate understanding of the pathways that still exist to meet our climate goals.

More information is available here.

En-ROADS Demonstrations

Dates: Monday, November 30; Wednesday, December 2; Friday, December 4; Monday, December 7; and Wednesday, December 9

Time: 12:30 - 1 PM

Location: The U.S. Center tech corner within the COP21 conference center (badge required)

Description: Stop by for a chance to explore potential pathways to address climate change through interactive demonstrations of the En-ROADS computer simulation.

Climate Interactive Exhibit Booth

Dates: Monday, December 7 to Friday, December 11

Location: the COP21 conference center (badge required)

Description: Climate Interactive will be hosting a booth to showcase our work and facilitate networking opportunities. Come by to chat with us and try out our simulations.

Beth Sawin is looking for Multisolvers - people who are able to implement solutions that protect the climate while improving health, equality, and well-being.

Travis Franck is will be discussing Climate Interactive’s growing efforts to design simulation tools for African leaders. He is focusing on sharing our World Climate exercise and developing an agriculture simulation for African policymakers. He is also ready to discuss Climate Interactive’s community resilience simulations in the Horn of Africa and the DRC.