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World Climate Simulation

World Climate SimulationHigh School World Climate Simulation March 10, 2018

Cumberland County Go GREEN Initiative recently sponsored the World Climate Simulation at FTCC on the second day of the Sustainable Sandhills Clean Energy Summit.  The simulation is provided for students to learn the complexities of our climate change concerns from the viewpoints of many regions throughout the world.  This simulation mirrors the Climate Talks that have occurred in the past years, most recently in Paris and this past year in Morocco.  The goal of the talks was to decrease CO2 levels to within 2 degrees of where it stands today.  Only one variable was discussed and that was afforestation (losing forests) and reforestation (planting forests).  Countries also had to contribute or request monies to make their goals.

Six Regions were represented from developed and developing countries; categorized by countries with economic forums and those without.  Students proposed initial limits and time frames to decrease afforestation and increase reforestation.  The degree count after the proposals were presented showed a decrease within 2.3 degrees of the goal. The biggest impact on countries proposals was seen after the first presentation.  As the scenario played out students began to see the disparity between countries in terms of wealth and resources as well as the willingness to budge either way.  Once all the cards were laid on the table, students then went to negotiate directly with other countries.   Negotiations brought representatives face to face with the realization that the perceptions of other countries were not always in line with their own interests. 

During this time outside groups allowed access to the nations and their constituents; these were the environmental advocacy groups and the fossil fuel industry lobbyists.  Altogether the mix became very animated as negotiations proceeded.  Each outside lobbyist creating a bit of drama to pressure the various nations.  As the last proposals were offered up, it became obvious that more work needed to be done as they didn’t make the 2 degrees decrease.  The final count was 2.1 degrees.

The simulation was chaired by Jonathan Frantz Social Studies Curriculum Specialist.  He played the UN Secretary General and moderated the proceedings.  The Climate Scientist who unraveled the science for the participants was Science Curriculum Specialist Scott Grumelot.  Both gentlemen were exceptionally helpful and gave a lot of great information as to the decorum and rules of the simulation guiding students, flawlessly.  They also served to help students decompress from the experience.  Students were very positive and pretty cognizant of the realities illustrated during the simulation.

 

Six Regions for the World Climate Simulation

Climate interactive tools

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Published by Gloria Lengel on March 29, 2017
        
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