Climate Conference Simulation

Target group: Elementary school and high schools

Offer: Simulation game including input workshop

The climate conference simulation by myclimate Germany is a simulation game in which the pupils slip into the roles of political delegates and gain an impression of the international climate protection efforts required to meet the 2°C target by working independently and interactively.

What does this programme achieve?

Divided into up to eight different interest groups representing industry, environmental protection organisations and country groups, the students simulate a climate protection conference. The goal of all groups is to comply with the internationally agreed 2°C target for the year 2100. The submitted voluntary commitments of the countries are not sufficient at this point to achieve this goal. Improvements must be made here. This is simulated in the negotiation rounds. Each interest group has to decide on and present concrete goals in the debate with the other groups.

Together with our partner Multivision, we have already successfully conducted more than 30 climate conference simulations. We have reached more than 2600 pupils, trainees and students.

Jessica Maudrich – Project Manager Education Projects, myclimate Germany.

Professional calculation software then determines whether the targets are sufficient or need to be adjusted in a further round.  Only if everyone pulls together can (still) realistic solutions be found to meet the 2°C target. In this way, the challenge of climate change for the 21st century and the urgency and necessity of large-scale international climate protection measures are brought home in a playful way.


Learning objectives:
The pupils ...

  • ... recognise global warming as a worldwide challenge that future generations will have to face.
  • ...understand interdependencies in international multilateral interest building. We must all act simultaneously and above all now (!).
  • ... actively understand the complexity of political decisions on emission reductions, negative emissions and international climate finance.
  • ... discuss justice dimensions (intra- and intergenerational justice).

With these learning objectives, the climate conference simulation also contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to SDG 4 "Quality education" and SDG 13 "Climate action", other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are addressed, such as reducing inequalities between countries or promoting international partnerships to achieve the SDGs.

Target group:
Pupils of the upper secondary school.

Group size:
30 to 90 students can participate in a climate conference simulation.

Time frame:
The total duration of the event is about six school hours including breaks.

A suitable room for the pupils, equipped with beamer, projection screen, blackboard or flipchart and sound equipment (loudspeakers and two microphones).

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