The students themselves took on the roles of ministers during the simulation game. Within the context of a simulated political process, the students negotiated on plans and instruments concerning an efficient reduction in German greenhouse gas emissions and dealt with the various possibilities and difficulties of a national climate policy.
Frank Dietz, chairman of the student initiative “Model United Nations” at the University of Mannheim, made the following closing remarks on the event: “In the ‘Climate Cabinet’ simulation game at the beginning of the semester, we were able to experience the dimensions that are important for climate policy decisions and simultaneously make the process of consensus-building so complex.”
Next round for the simulation game “Climate Cabinet”
The ZEW Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” and the KLIMA ARENA Sinsheim developed the simulation game through a conceptual and content-related collaboration which lasted over a year. The aim of the simulation game is to provide both climate policy and ecological and economic insights as well as an awareness for complex societal and political negotiation processes, which make fighting climate change so difficult. After two further test runs at schools in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region, the simulation game will be included into the regular educational programme of the Klima Arena from 2021 onwards, where it will be bookable for any interested groups.