Dartmouth College released a press release about their impact in Copenhagen at the climate change conference. It focuses on how alumnus Todd Stern, the lead U.S. negotiator, will be using C-ROADS from the Climate Interactive team. Four of the developers behind the model — Drew Jones, Beth Sawin, Tom Fiddaman, and John Sterman — are Dartmouth alumni. Continue reading
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Professor David Peart and Dr. Lori Siegel led a powerful learning experience for Dartmouth College students using the C-ROADS simulator as part of the Copenhagen Climate Exercise (now World Climate)
The College created an engaging video on the experience — check it out above. And their press release is here.
Sustainability issues and our team’s connections run deep at Dartmouth College. The founder of our organization, Sustainability Institute, Donella Meadows, taught there for several decades. Professor David Peart serves on our board. And four members of our core C-ROADS and Climate Interactive team — Dr. John Sterman (MIT), Dr. Beth Sawin (SI), Dr. Tom Fiddaman (Ventana Systems), and me (Drew Jones — SI) — are all alums.
Why does our team focus on using simulations to spark action on climate change?
We are struck by the power of interactive simulations to help us see the long term, system-wide implications of our actions in ways that create new possibilities.
And I first experienced that power as a student at Dartmouth College in the 1980s, in an experiment where 120 of us carried our trash for a week. (Hear the story in the video pasted above). The video was shot at the “Systems Thinking in Action” conference hosted by Pegasus Communications (note — the next conference will be in November in Seattle — check it out).
Sustainability Institute’s founder and my mentor Dana Meadows wrote about her experience carrying her trash as part of the same experiment (she was a professor then at Dartmouth) — read her article here. And through the years, we’ve heard of many other schools, summer camps, conferences, garden clubs (!), and others trying the “Carry Your Trash” experiment. My favorite emerged from some consulting we did for American Public Media and the “Marketplace” radio show — they heard this story and chronicled “Tess’ Trash Challenge.”
What if we all had to carry our carbon dioxide? The best graphic representation I’ve seen is the Carbon Quilt, at www.carbonquilt.org.