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Register Now: Learn How to Facilitate a World Climate Simulation or Climate Action Simulation

The stakes in teaching climate change have never been higher. Students, policymakers, business people, and frankly, folks from every sector of society can benefit from engagement with realistic climate decision making experiences. IonE invites educators of all kinds to elevate their climate curriculum with C-ROADS and/or En-ROADS virtual climate simulations. IonE is hosting a series of workshops for educators to learn how to use these tools. There are two workshops on each simulation – you only need to attend one. Workshops will be hosted by Carolyn McCarthy from the Climate Change Initiative at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and supported by Beth Mercer-Taylor and Aaron Hanson from IonE. Workshop dates are below. 

Pick the workshop that’s best for you

The World Climate Simulation (C-ROADS) is a role-playing exploration of the UN climate change negotiations. A facilitator plays the role of a UN leader, while each participant plays the role of a delegate representing a specific nation, negotiating bloc, or interest group. All roleplayers work together to reach a global agreement that successfuly keeps climate change emissions well below 2 degrees celsius. 

Throughout the simulation, participants grapple with climate science realities, engage in the drama and tensions of global politics, test their ambitions against a climate modeling tool used by actual climate negotiators, and reflect on how the experience challenges their assumptions about climate action.

C-ROADS Workshops Option 1 (Wednesdays):

Part 1: November 11, 2020 2 pm to 3:15 pm

Part 2: November 18, 2020 2 pm to 3:45 pm

Debrief session: November 20, 2020 3 pm to 3:45 pm

C-ROADS Workshops Option 2 (Fridays):

Part 1: November 13, 2020 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Part 2: November 20, 2020 1 to 2:45 pm

Debrief session: November 20, 2020 3 pm to 3:45 pm

Climate Action Simulation ( En-ROADS)

Like C-ROADS, the Climate Action Simulation (En-ROADS) is a group role-playing game. En-ROADS allows participants to better understand the likely consequences of energy, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties.

A wide range of people have used En-ROADS, including members of the U.S. Congress, HSBC bank, the Hewlett Foundation, community groups, the UN Secretary-General’s Office, university professors around the world, leading science educator Bill Nye, and many others.

En-ROADS Workshop Option 1 (Wednesdays):

Part 1: December 2, 2020 1 pm to 2:15 pm

Part 2: December 9, 2020 1 pm to 2:45 pm

Debrief session: December 11, 2020 11 am to 11:45am

EN-ROADS workshops option 2 (Fridays):

Part 1: December 4, 2020 9 am to 10:15 am 

Part 2: December 11, 2020 9 am to 10:45 am 

Debrief session: December 11, 2020 11 am to 11:45am

Workshop Breakdown

Part 1: Participants will learn about the science and policy choices that are possbile within the simulations and prepare to actively participate in a simulation in the following week’s session.

Part 2: Participate in a World Climate Simulation/Climate Action Simulation.

A debriefing session will invite reflection on the simulation experience and opportunities for future applications of the simulations. Links will be provided for this meeting after participants join parts one and two of either workshop option.

Please be sure to register for the workshops on eventbrite, linked above. Questions? Contact Beth Mercer-Taylor (bethmt@umn.edu).


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