08 November 2016
On Friday last week the
Namibian Youth Coalition on Climate Change teamed up with the National Youth
Council, Hanns Seidel Foundation's Climate Project (Think Namibia
), the Namibian University of
Science and Technology and Progress Namibia, to play ClimateInteractive's 'World Climate Negotiations Game
ClimateInteractive is a wonderful resource that provides tools on
improving your systems thinking and sustainability knowledge and skills.
The World Climate Simulation Game is a role playing game of the UN climate
change negotiations for groups. Seeing as world leaders, and some of us, are
about to head off to Marrakesh for the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties
(COP22), the world's climate change conference where world leaders negotiate on
topics that will affect us all, we thought it fitting to have a learning
exercise to show people how hard these negotiations can be.
The Game is unique in that is uses an interactive computer model (developed in
partnership with MIT) to rapidly analyze the results of the mock-negotiations
during the game. Your decisions are inputted in the model in
real time, so you see what effects your decisions have on the world climate
(and thus sea level rise, droughts and floods, etc).
The World Climate Game gives participants the chance to face the climate
science, engage in the drama and tensions of global politics, and test their
ambitions against the climate computer model. The game has been played in 64
countries with over 28 000 participants so far. And a recent survey conducted
showed that 76% of all participants felt that they were more likely to engage
and change their behaviour around climate change. Participant feedback from our
game on Friday was very positive, with participants engaging in heated
debates and having a lot of fun in the learning process. After the
negotiations were done, the results were compared with the Paris outcomes from
COP21 last year, and the group fared quite well in comparison. For the photos
of the event, please visit https://www.facebook.com/youthclimatenamibia/
We hoped to use this exercise as a pilot to engage in games for sustainability
once every month, where everyone and anyone is welcome to join, and learn, in
order to bring about learning around important sustainability issues.