This is a short activity using the En-ROADS climate simulator to create a scenario aimed at mitigating global warming to the internationally agreed target of below 2°C by 2100.
A longer version of this activity can be found here.
The En-ROADS simulator is available in many languages.
It is a practical and graphical application of theoretical concepts of climate change and global change.
It is short, easy to prepare, and easy to administer.
Although the simulator can be used and viewed in many languages, the user guide is only available in English.
Prior knowledge of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement would be beneficial.
Educators who are new to En-ROADS should review the user guide on the website.
Educators and learners who desire to be more grounded on climate change problems and solutions can sign up for this free course offered by En-ROADS.
Social studies classes could use this resource when discussing the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities.
This activity can be implemented as a group activity or assignment to reinforce teamwork.
Students could also explore this Table of Solutions and these other resources by Project Drawdown to get more information about the most impactful and realistic solutions for climate change.
The simulator will guide students to create a scenario to advocate for climate policies for net zero emissions to meet the Paris Agreement target. The contents and lessons in this activity are recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries
D1.1.9-12 Explain how a question reflects an enduring issue in the field.
Dimension 2: Civics
D2.Civ.13.9-12 Evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes, and related consequences.