Bring the World Climate Simulation into your classroom

The World Climate Simulation is a fun, easy-to-use, interactive simulation that places participants in the role of international delegates at the United Nations who are charged with negotiating a global agreement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. World Climate has been covered in media outlets including Science magazine and the Washington Post. Research about the learning impact of World Climate shows that it is an effective way to motivate science-informed climate action across diverse ages, cultural identities, and even political orientations.

The materials and tools for World Climate are available here for free - the materials here make it easy to bring the simulation into your classroom. 

If you would like, you can download all supporting resources at once as a zipped folder here. You will also need the C-ROADS Climate Policy Simulator. You can also view and download each individual resource by clicking on the links below.

  • Facilitator Guide - This should be your first stop once you've decided to run World Climate. This short guide will get you fully oriented to the simulation with information on the basic logistics (how much time is required to run the activity, what materials you'll need, how to set up the room etc.) as well facilitator tips, add-ons and support resources.
  • Facilitator Script - To make facilitating the simulation as easy as possible, we've included a slide-by-slide script you can follow.
  • Simulation Slide Deck - This slide deck has all the visuals you need to run World Climate with presenter notes that match the Facilitator Script and with the Facilitator Support Videos embedded. 
  • C-ROADS Climate Policy Simulator - This scientifically rigorous, award-winning policy simulator is used to evaluate the impacts of participants key decisions at the end of each round of negotiations.
  • 6 Region Version Simulation Materials:
    • Briefing Statements - Download these Briefing Statements if you are running the 6-Region Version of World Climate (perfect for groups of 18 or greater). In this version, the negotiating parties are the United States, European Union, Other Developed Nations, China, India and Other Developing Nations. This download also includes Briefing Statements for the optional negotiating parties: US Cities & States, Climate Activists & the Fossil Fuel Industry.
    • Table Cards - These pre-made Table Cards can be printed and put around the room to give each negotiating party a homebase. 
    • Pledge Submission Form - This is the form that each negotiating block submits at the end of each round of negotiations.
  • 3 Region Version Simulation Materials:
    • Briefing Statements - Download these Briefing Statements if you are running the 3-Region Version of World Climate (perfect for smaller groups).  In this version, the negotiating parties are the Developed Nations (United States, European Union, etc), Developing A Nations (rapidly developing nations like China & Brazil) and Developing B Nations (the least developed nations). This download also includes Briefing Statements for the optional negotiating parties: US Cities & States, Climate Activists & the Fossil Fuel Industry.
    • Table Cards - These pre-made Table Cards can be printed and put around the room to give each negotiating party a homebase.
    • Pledge Submission Form - This is the form that each negotiating block submits at the end of each round of negotiations.
  • Action Steps Handout - This handout is used at the end of the Simulation to prompt students to think about next steps they can take to learn more & get involved in solutions.
    • Campus Based Resources & Opportunities Handout - (OPTIONAL) - This template can be used if you would like to provide participants with a list of campus-based or local academic and career resources as well as opportunities to get involved and take action.
  • Advanced Facilitation Guide - This guide provides additional tips, tricks and things to keep in mind as you plan and facilitate your World Climate session.

Pre World Climate Homework Assignment

Glossary of relevant terms for students

Find more materials and educator resources here.