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Climate Interactive - World Energy Roleplay Exercise

The World Energy exercise enables people to try out and explore the policies and investment scenarios that will enable them to reach their goals on climate change. With a focus on the mix of solutions that will lead to a more stable climate this simulation can inspire hope that is grounded in our best understanding of the dynamics of the energy and climate system.

What policies would you choose to enable a future that:

  • stabilizes at 2 degrees C temperature rise?
  • supports economic health?
  • provides for equity?
  • minimizes environmental damages?
  • is viable if human civilization is at its best?

Participants are divided into teams that represent different sectors and negotiate with each other to come up with a global energy scenario that could lead to a safe and equitable clean energy future. Each team controls a handful of levers that are related to their sector and can be adjusted in the computer simulation En-ROADS. For example, the group focusing on energy supply has control over the levers that drive investment in renewable, gas, nuclear, and coal energy. Groups then present their plans and it is compiled and analyzed in real-time with En-ROADS.

This exercise has been piloted at Stanford, MIT, and other universities as we prepare to launch it at a much larger scale. The video below summarizes the Stanford event. You can also download some of the materials for World Energy and a learning assignment to accompany World Energy and En-ROADS.

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Mathematics Freshman Seminar Course - A Climate of Uncertainty

This collection contains the teaching materials I used for designing the Freshman Science Seminar Mathematics 190 - A Climate of Uncertainty at UNC-Chapel Hill Fall 2013.   This collection is maintained as a reference for other instructors interested in teaching about climate change using open curriculum.  I made extensive use of the training modules provided by MetEd to utilize a "flipped classroom" approach.  Traditional lecturing was largely replaced by assigning the training modules in this collection for homework and having my students send me their quiz scores.  In class, I utilized a mix of "read and report" group presentations, discussions, roleplays, and modelling exercises on laptops.   I encourage others to build and improve on the ideas I had for this course, and to contact me  with questions related to the materials and course design.

Cheers!

Colin

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