Youngest “World Climate” players yet!
Climate Interactive’s Drew Jones led a class of eleven seventh graders from Hanger Hall School for Girls through the “Mock-UN” policy exercise where three teams represent country groups and negotiate a global climate deal. They learned the biogeochemical carbon system through the “Bathtub” analogy and improved their understanding of climate dynamics.
Nine weeks away from their attendance at the COP 17 Climate Change Negotiations in Durban, South Africa, students of Dickinson College’s delegation joined with classmates to participate in Climate Interactive’s World Climate Exercise. These eleven undergraduates are taking four courses this semester to provide them an interdisciplinary study of how we can address climate change. Each of the student delegates reflected on their experience on the class blog http://blogs.dickinson.edu/cop17durban/.
Enjoy the video above of Climate Interactive’s Drew Jones leading the World Climate exercise for students at Asheville High School. Check out the Climate Interactive website for materials and instructions on how to facilitate your own exercise.
Today we have guest post by Professor Eliot Rich at the University of Albany, SUNY, who recently held the World Climate exercise for a group of undergraduate students.
University at Albany students and faculty at the World Climate exercise, April 2011
“When I left the simulation, I was driven to make a difference”
In April 2011, students and faculty at the University at Albany, State University of New York, used the C-ROADS model and the World Climate Simulation to gain perspective on the environmental and political challenges facing their generation. The simulation was part of a semester-long class on business strategy and sustainability offered to undergraduates by Prof. Eliot Rich, Department of Information Technology Management and the University’s Honors College. Continue reading
Professor John Sterman
of the MIT Sloan School of Management
led World Climate
, the role playing exercise that uses C-ROADS
, in a Sustainability Lab event at MIT. The pictures show students playing roles of various simulated parties to a mock-UN negotiation, including lobbyists and environmental activists. In the last image, the blue tarp simulates sea level rise.
Climate Interactive’s Phil Rice recently ran our World Climate exercise for science and social studies students at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. Some of his reflections are below:
Students were eager to engage and asked good questions.
The students wouldn’t get aggressive about % reduction- best they’d offer was 2%. The Developed world was resistant to working with the other groups.
During the exercise and in the debrief, they did ask a lot of good questions and stayed engaged in the role play pretty well. An interesting question in the debrief was basically in the form of, “OK, but do you have a way we could simulate the effects of the changes we could make? Because that is what we need to know now.”
I got a lot out of working with these engaged young adults. They have a lot of energy and they are into learning.
Videos of the exercise at Dartmouth and elsewhere may be found on the Climate Interactive website.
On November of 2010, Professors David Ford and Rogelio Oliva of Texas A&M University facilitated the World Climate UN negotiations exercise for the 2012 MBA Class of the Mays Business School. The exercise, supported by the C-ROADS simulation, was part of the “Enrichment Week” that the MBA program offers to allow students to explore areas not traditionally covered in the MBA curriculum.
The C-ROADS simulation proved to be an effective primer to open up the conversations on the role of policy makes and business leaders in addressing he carbon emissions challenge.
These are some testimonials form the participants:
On February 24, several innovative climate simulation and gaming tools will be presented in Asheville, NC (most notably the new and cool “Fate of the World.”) Climate Interactive’s Drew Jones will be one of the presenters, showing C-ROADS. For more information, download the event description and agenda here.
Last week, Climate Interactive and Seed Systems held the first Leaders for a New Climate workshop at the MIT Sloan School School of Management in Cambridge, MA. This three-day workshop combined lessons in system dynamics and organizational learning, to empower diverse leaders to act effectively in these challenging and exciting times.
The workshop opened with a session of our World Climate exercise and featured a guest lecture by the director of the System Dynamics Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Dr. John Sterman. We also held an “Under the Hood” session with our C-ROADS model.
Participants included students, advisors, and citizen activists from as far away as Nigeria.
Some of the quotes from attendees are below: Continue reading