Participate in the Role Play Game “World Climate” with up to 150 other participants!
The atmosphere is a global common and we need a global treaty to stop the dumping of greenhouse gas emissions into the air. Take the role of one of 15 nations, a climate activist or an industrial lobbyist to participate in the role play game “World Climate” with up to 150 other participants in order to negotiate the global treaty. See if you can do better than the world leaders! The workshop takes place on Friday 6.10.2017. It is located in Sogndal at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.
What is the workshop about?
In this workshop we play a simulation game involving up to 150 participants. We will play the role play game “World Climate” which is a simplified version of the yearly Conferences of the Parties (known as COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This body is the main decision-making body when it comes to assessing progress made in dealing with climate change. It’s goal is to establish a legally binding global treaty as a follow-up to the Kyoto Protocol. The role play game “World Climate” has been developed by our partner “climate interactive”, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington DC. As of December 2016, the game has been played 544 times in 67 countries with altogether 27,875 participants. In our workshop, we will use an extended version of this game with 15 regions which we are developing in cooperation with the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, the United Nations Norway and climate interactive.
How does the role play game go?
Each participant will be given a role. For example, you could be given the role of a delegate representing a specific nation or a block of nations and some of you will be members of special interest groups such as environmentalists, fossil fuel lobbyists or media people. Members of nations or blocks have negotiating rights, whereas special interest groups do not. Everybody gets background material for his or her role which also may include hidden agendas. And then the game starts …
Lead by the UN (a role which is taken by the workshop facilitator), all come together in several plenary sessions, in which participants discuss their viewpoints making their pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (or may be not). The joint goal is two-fold: (1) to reach a global agreement that successfully keeps climate change well below 2˚C over pre-industrial levels globally. (2) A global green climate fund needs to be established collecting financial commitments of 100 billion Dollar.
As you engage in the drama and tensions of global politics, you will quickly see how complicated it can be to – not only agree on a common goal – but also to agree on the details. For example, you will discuss:
- At what year to stop with the emission of greenhouse gases?
- At what rate to reduce greenhouse gases in order to meet the 2˚C target?
- What can be done to stop deforestation? How much of the forests can be re-planted?
- How much money should be donated to the global green climate fund? Or – how much money does your country request from the fund in order to cope with a changing climate?
A unique feature of the game “World Climate” is that the negotiations are supported by a real-time computer program. The ambitions of the different countries to reduce greenhouse gases are entered into a climate-modeling tool which is used by actual climate negotiators. Doing so, we can immediately see the effect of the pledges of the different countries. You can judge yourself, whether they are sufficient to mitigate a changing climate.
Objectives of the workshop
- Built awareness among participants of necessary mitigation efforts to achieve the 2°C target.
- Bring about experiences about the complexity of international negotiations.