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Facilitating a World Climate Negotiation Simulation
April 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
The World Climate Simulation has been run with over 35,000 people in nearly 80 countries to enable people to experience the dynamics of the UN climate negotiations. Join this webinar with the developers of World Climate to learn how you can run this mock-UN climate negotiation with the student audiences you work with. Research on the learning impact of this exercise shows profound results in increasing awareness about climate change and engagement on sustainability issues. The simulation itself has been run by people from all different backgrounds and levels of expertise. Not only will your audience become engaged in the policies needed to address climate change, they might have fun as they play the role of national negotiators engaged in the tough negotiations on climate change. This webinar will walk you through the elements of facilitating the World Climate simulation and offer you all the resources you need to lead it yourself.
Ellie Johnston, Climate and Energy Lead, Climate Interactive
Ellie leads Climate Interactive’s global climate and energy efforts. She has built up Climate Interactive’s engagement programs to extend to thousands worldwide. Through this, Ellie is working to deepen and expand global understanding on how to act on climate change and related systemic challenges by bridging the gaps between science and policy.
Juliette Rooney-Varga, Director, UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative
Juliette Rooney-Varga is Director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and Associate Professor of Environmental Biology. Her microbial ecology research has spanned diverse topics related to carbon cycling, climate change, and energy; from feedback loops in microbial production of methane in the Arctic and the climate system, to harnessing electricity produced by anaerobic microorganisms in soil. She is currently leading the NASA-funded Climate Education in an Age of Media (CAM) Project that puts the tools of media-making into the hands of students, in order to engage them with climate change science and empower them to add their own voices to the societal discourse about an issue that will impact younger generations significantly. She is also working closely with Climate Interactive, developing cutting edge decision-support simulations for climate and energy policy. With support from the National Science Foundation, Rooney-Varga’s group and Climate Interactive are bringing decision-support simulations into immersive role-playing exercises that enable students, citizens, and decision-makers to come to their own insights, grounded in current scientific understanding, about the impacts of national and regional climate and energy policies.