Climate change negotiations are serious work. But at a UN meeting about climate change last spring, some delegates took time out for a role-playing game.
Milkoreit: “Each player plays a country.”
Manjana Milkoreit of Purdue University led the team that created the game. It’s called “Tipping Point Negotiations.”
Milkoreit: “I wanted to explore some innovative ways of bringing the science to negotiators. How can we help folks who have very limited time and capacity to read scientific reports, who have a large agenda in terms of topics and complex things they have to grapple with on a daily basis?”
In the game, players learn about how climate change threatens the country they each represent. And they decide how much money to invest in different climate solutions.
Then a computer model calculates how their choices will affect the global climate – and people’s lives – several decades later.
Milkoreit: “Some participants respond rather emotionally. Then suddenly it’s like, wow, that is actually time where my children, my grandchildren will live!”
She says the game helps make climate change – and the effects of potential government responses – more tangible. And that, she hopes, will lead to strong global climate action.
Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.