Bring the World Climate Simulation into your classroom
The World Climate Simulation is a fun, easy-to-use, interactive simulation that places participants in the role of international delegates at the United Nations who are charged with negotiating a global agreement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. World Climate has been covered in media outlets including Science magazine and the Washington Post. Research about the learning impact of World Climate shows that it is an effective way to motivate science-informed climate action across diverse ages, cultural identities, and even political orientations.
REGISTERING YOUR EVENT: All of the following resources are free to use and we kindly ask that you take a minute to register your event before running World Climate in your community. This is important for helping us track adoption of the resource and learn how we can better support educators. If you are interested in giving your students pre and post surveys to contribute towards our World Climate research effort, please complete the Educator Form.
The following resources are separated into two main categories: those you can use to prepare yourself and your team for facilitating the simulation, and those materials you will need the day of the event. These are followed by additional World Climate-related resources, along with curriculum to support partnerships for units that extend across Science, Math, ELA, and Social Studies classes!
If you would like, you can view and download all supporting resources from this World Climate Simulation Resource folder. You will also need the C-ROADS Climate Policy Simulator. You can also view and download each individual resource by clicking on the links below.
If you plan to run your event virtually, you can find our online simulation tips, materials, and examples here.
Facilitator Guide – This should be your first stop once you’ve decided to run World Climate. This short guide will get you fully oriented to the simulation with information on the basic logistics (how much time is required to run the activity, what materials you’ll need, how to set up the room etc.) as well facilitator tips, add-ons and support resources.
Facilitator Script – To make facilitating the simulation as easy as possible, we’ve included a slide-by-slide script you can follow.
You will want to have the following two resources cued up on your classroom projector before the start of the simulation. You will want to make sure that your room for the event has WiFi access ahead of time, although it is possible to save a copy of the simulation to run it offline.
Simulation Slide Deck – This slide deck has all of the visuals and facilitation support you will need to run World Climate, including presenter notes which match those in the Facilitator Script and embedded Facilitator Support Videos (Negotiations and C-ROADS, Science Overview, Key Decisions, Bathtub Analogy, Solutions) that you can either play directly for students during the simulation, or use to support your own original presentation.
C-ROADS Climate Policy Simulator– This scientifically rigorous, award-winning policy simulator is used to evaluate the impacts of participants’ key decisions at the end of each round of negotiations. Note: the simulator runs best on Chrome web browsers. You can also download a desktop version of C-ROADS.
You will want to have the following three sets of materials printed and ready to hand out before the start of the simulation. If you are running a World Climate event with a group of 18 people or more, we recommend using the 6 Region Version of World Climate. The 3 Region Version of World Climate works best for small groups.
6 Region Briefing Statements – Download these briefing statements if you are running the 6-Region Version of World Climate. In this version, the negotiating parties are the United States, European Union, Other Developed Nations, China, India and Other Developing Nations. This download also includes briefing statements for the optional negotiating parties: US Cities & States, Climate Activists & the Fossil Fuel Industry.
3 Region Briefing Statements– Download these Briefing Statements if you are running the 3-Region Version of World Climate. In this version, the negotiating parties are the Developed Nations (United States, European Union, etc), Developing A Nations (rapidly developing nations like China & Brazil) and Developing B Nations (the least developed nations). This download also includes briefing statements for the optional negotiating parties: US Cities & States, Climate Activists & the Fossil Fuel Industry.
These pre-made table cards can be printed and put around the room to give each negotiating party a home base.
6 Region Table Cards – Standard: United States, European Union, Other Developed Nations, China, India, Other Developing Nations & Optional: US Cities & States, Climate Activists & the Fossil Fuel Industry.
3 Region Table Cards– Standard: Developed Nations, Developing A Nations, Developing B Nations & Optional: US Cities & States, Climate Activists & the Fossil Fuel Industry.
Pledge Submission Form
This is the Form that each negotiating region submits at the end of each round of negotiations. When delegates share their decisions at each negotiation round, you or a volunteer can capture proposals either on a blackboard chart or in an excel sheet that mirrors the input section of the simulation model.
Additional Facilitation Resources
“How To Facilitate World Climate” Video – This video is an optional resource to help you facilitate World Climate, developed by our partners at Climate Interactive.
Advanced Facilitation Guide – This guide provides additional tips, tricks and things to keep in mind as you plan and facilitate your World Climate session.
Photo Album of Example Room Setups – This album can help give you an idea of how your room might be set up for the event.
Action Steps Handout – This handout can be used at the end of the Simulation to prompt students to think about next steps they can take to learn more & get involved in solutions.
Campus Based Resources & Opportunities Handout – (OPTIONAL) – This template can be used if you would like to provide participants with a list of campus-based or local academic and career resources as well as opportunities to get involved and take action.
World Climate Participation Certificate – This certificate can be awarded to students for successfully completing World Climate.
You can also direct students to our STUDENTS: GET INVOLVED page where there is a host of resources for taking personal, regional, or national action.
Our team has benefitted greatly from the feedback of educators like yourself. Visit our WRAPAROUND RESOURCES FOR SIMULATIONS page find a number of assignments educators have used to prepare students for the World Climate event, alongside other climate change-related resources for expanding climate change education in your school community.