Climate Action Simulation

What is the Climate Action Simulation?

The Climate Action Simulation is a highly interactive, role-playing game for groups to explore the different stakeholders and solutions that need to come together to take action on climate change. It is framed by the En-ROADS simulator, which allows participants to rapidly assess the impacts of different solutions to climate change—like energy supply subsidies, energy efficiency, or land use changes. The game is conducted as a simulated emergency climate summit organized by the United Nations to establish a concrete plan to limit global warming by bringing together government, business, and civil society representatives. It is a fun format for groups to explore climate change solutions and see what it would really take to address this global challenge. The Climate Action Simulation was co-developed by Climate Interactive, the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, and the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative.

The Climate Action Simulation enables participants to gain insights into the factors that affect climate change and what the solutions and possible paths are for equitably and effectively addressing climate change and achieving the international climate goals. A publication by Dr. Rooney-Varga of UMass Lowell shows that taking part in the Climate Action Simulation improves participants’ knowledge of the actions needed to address climate change, boosts both personal and emotional engagement with climate issues, and leaves participants feeling empowered to address climate change.

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How does it work?

The Climate Action Simulation game is a role-playing game premised on a fictitious climate summit organized by the United Nations Secretary-General to urgently address climate change. The game is run by a trained facilitator acting as the UN Secretary-General who has convened the summit, and who leads participants throughout the experience. Participants are divided into influential stakeholder groups who have convened at the summit, and their directive is to work together to create a plan to limit global warming to well below 2°C and aim for 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the international goals formally recognized in the Paris climate agreement.

The game can be run online or in-person, typically runs from 2-4 hours, and can accommodate groups of almost any size—although it is ideal for groups of 20-50 people. The Climate Action Simulation has been played by a wide range of audiences, from high school students and community members to industry professionals and policymakers. The materials, training, and the simulation are all free to use, and many resources are offered in several languages.

Host a Game

Do you have a specific audience who you believe could greatly benefit from experiencing the Climate Action Simulation, but aren’t able to facilitate it yourself? Learn more about our offerings and contact us with an inquiry or any questions you may have.

You can also take part in an upcoming event, or contact one of our En-ROADS Climate Ambassadors to host your event for you.

Leading the Game

Anyone with enough interest and dedication can learn to lead the Climate Action Simulation game. People of many ages, backgrounds, and expertises run the game in diverse environments – from Fortune 500 boardrooms to university classrooms.

You can learn how to run the Climate Action Simulation by taking part in the free online Mastering En-ROADS Training Program, or by exploring our game facilitation resources. Get started today!

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Have you run the game or have one planned? Great! Make sure to register your event below. Registering your event allows us to share future updates to the materials and connects you to our global community.

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