Hosting Climate Simulations In Your Community

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Review the background, details, and how to host an event with Climate Interactive's new climate policy simulator, En-ROADS, built with MIT Sloan. This tool helps groups explore the power of a steadily rising price on carbon through policies like the Energy Innovation Act as well as other strategies to address climate change to highlight complementary climate goals including the impact of changes in energy, land use, consumption, agriculture, and other policies. 

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Climate Interactive Background

Climate Interactive is a think tank that provides modeling for climate policies and tools that show what’s needed to contain global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. The organization believes that the best way to engage policymakers in supporting effective climate policy is not to give them the answers, but to give them the tools to find the answers themselves. 

Drew Jones, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Climate Interactive, shared that the motivation for their newest interactive tool was the realization best summed up by one of the team members, Professor John Sterman: 

‘Research shows that showing people research doesn’t work.’”

In the face of this realization, Drew and the Climate Interactive team found inspiration in the words of American architect Buckminster Fuller who said:

“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.” 

How To Use The En-ROADS Simulator Tool

With this in mind, Climate Interactive designs interactive tools that people can play and work with to explore climate solutions for themselves. Over the course of eight years, through the work of countless climate scientists, IPCC authors, and many other experts, and with the most up-to-date data, Climate Interactive has developed the En-ROADS tool which is set to be released some time in the next few weeks.  En-ROADS is an interactive climate model that allows the user to apply different combinations of policies and observe their effects on global energy production and on our climate system.  You could imagine a future with more renewable energy, or less oil, or electrification of cars, or less deforestation.  

How to use the simulator

  • Works with any size group
  • Ideally one process facilitator, one running simulator
  • You are their guide and support (their thinking partner), not a presenter or lecturer
  • Lead the group through a set of questions, such as: 
  1. What are the actions to take on climate that are your preferred solutions?
  2. What would the impact be of a policy like the Energy Innovation Act?
  3. What else is required to deliver on climate goals?

For example, you can model the impact on agricultural or forestry practices on our global temperature projections - or what changes in different regulatory approaches, technologies, or transportation policies lead to in terms of greenhouse gas reductions. 

The model can also predict how the climate will react if the global economy implemented a $15/ton price on carbon that increases by $10 each year, such as the Energy Innovation Act that CCL supports in Congress. En-ROADS shows that this proposal would have a dramatic and fast response on net greenhouse gas emissions. If implemented globally by 2025, the policy could reduce net global warming by 1.4 degrees Celsius—more than any other proposed policy.  However, this alone does not get us below the 1.5 degrees Celsius IPCC goal.

En-ROADS not only highlights the power of carbon pricing and the need for complementary action, but this tool also enables the user to explore those complementary actions by building additional policies onto the carbon price to explore what it will take for us to meet our goals.  Citizens’ Climate Lobby advocates know that the Energy Innovation Act is a critical step toward addressing climate change, but we know that additional steps will be necessary to meet our climate goals. 

Top Insights Typically Delivered From Simulator
  1. There is no single silver bullet and some actions may have lower leverage than expected
  2. Many actions in many sectors are required to stay within our 1.5 degree budget we need a “silver buckshot” approach
  3. Collectively, we can do it - avoiding the worst case future is still possible
  4. There are abundant near-term co-benefits

En-ROADS can help move conversations with community leaders, friends, legislators forward on the most effective climate solutions. It lets them think on their own terms, with their peers. New experiences and engaging tools like En-ROADS let leaders and policymakers engage with climate policies more intimately and on their own terms. When it comes down to it, showing rather than telling is an important key to advancing effective climate policy.

When Will En-ROADS be released?

Training Plan and Timing

If you're interested in finding out more, visit http://en-roads.org and sign-up to learn of news about the simulation and workshop.

  • En-ROADS is almost ready to be launched and released hopefully in the weeks ahead
  • Sign up to attend a seven part webinar series to understand En-ROADS dynamics and gain confidence as workshop facilitator
  • Watch Climate Interactive's Training: The  Climate Leader to prepare
  • Once En-ROADS is released, experiment with the simulator, practice with friends, and watch or apprentice with someone who is leading workshops
This guide provides general descriptions, real-world examples, slider settings, and model structure notes on each of the 18 primary levers in En-ROADS. Moving a slider represents an action such as policy implementation, investment choices, or human behavior change.  One page summary PDF.

Questions? Email info@climateinteractive.org
C-ROADS As Another Simulator 

While waiting for En-ROADS to be released, you are also welcome to try out another simulator that Climate Interactive has created. C-ROADS is a free, award-winning computer simulator that helps people understand the long-term climate impacts of actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You can use it to rapidly test strategies for tackling climate change and the simulation game tied to it - World Climate has been played around the world with almost 50,000 participants.  C-ROADS has also been studied and peer-reviewed research demonstrated that 83% of workshop participants report they are more likely to take action.

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Intro & Agenda (1:22)

Background & History of the En-ROADS Tool (3:11)

Expert Opinion & Model Assumptions (7:24)

Using the Simulator (9:30)

Demo-ing the Simulator (12:00)

Modeling the Energy Innovation Act's Inputs (24:20)

When En-ROADS Will Be Released & Training Plan (26:58) 

Instructor(s)
  • Drew Jones, Climate Interactive
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To skip ahead to a specific section go to the time indicated in parenthesis.

Intro & Agenda (1:22)

Background & History of the En-ROADS Tool (3:11)

Expert Opinion & Model Assumptions (7:24)

Using the Simulator (9:30)

Demo-ing the Simulator (12:00)

Modeling the Energy Innovation Act's Inputs (24:20)

When En-ROADS Will Be Released & Training Plan (26:58) 

Instructor(s)
  • Drew Jones, Climate Interactive
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