By Drew Jones, Climate Interactive Co-Director
2. Policy-makers are using it. Jonathan Pershing of the U.S. Department of Energy has asked for specific features and scenarios.
3. A complement to existing scientific models. Prof. John Weyant of Stanford University is the chair of the En-ROADS external review committee. We want this simulation to complement the existing suite of research models.
4. The futility of resignation. En-ROADS allows the citizens and leaders of the world to reject the defeatist message about climate change, recently voiced by James Lovelock, “Enjoy life while you can.”
6. Foundations have provided some seed funding. Lisa Downey, program officer of the Morgan Family Foundation, says “the Foundation has invested in En-ROADS because we see its potential to motivate everyone–from individuals to entire countries—to take action on climate change.” ClimateWorks and Zennström Philanthropies have invested as well.
8. A million scenarios. We have a big idea for civil society engagement: put En-ROADS online so that global citizens from Chicago to Chad to China could choose policies and create their own customized path to climate success. What if 100,000 people posted their scenarios online? Ten million?
9. A powerful educational tool. After successful workshops with students at Stanford, UMass Lowell, and MIT, we are building immersive, interactive educational tools around En-ROADS, to empower students to create their own pathways to a low-carbon global economy grounded in rigorous analysis.