Wednesday afternoon in Sinsheim. Around twenty students from a business high school split up into several groups: Who wants to go to the Ministry for the Environment and who wants to go to the Chancellery? Who is responsible for transport, the economy or the Ministry of the Interior? After the students have read through the information material, the simulation game can begin, in which everyone takes on an active role in the Climate Cabinet. Like the real Climate Cabinet, the simulation game starts with the challenge of reducing Germany’s CO₂ emissions. The contractual obligations of the Paris Agreement and the European partners must be respected. In this way, the school students can explore the work of the climate cabinet and the complex negotiation processes in a playful manner.
“Not least in response to the Fridays for Future movement, we wanted to give young people and young adults the opportunity to understand climate policy decisions for themselves. Thus, the simulation game was developed in cooperation with partners who have many years of experience in the field of sustainability didactics,” explains Dr. Marc Frick, project manager in ZEW’s “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” Research Department. The simulation game is based on scientific principles and has emerged from several projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
How can Germany become climate-neutral?
In order for Germany to become climate-neutral by 2045, complex conflicts of interest must be weighed up, the functioning of different measures must be understood and key decisions must be made. This is done on the basis of current scientific, particularly climate-economic, findings. The aim is to create a vision of a sustainable and at the same time competitive country.
The simulation game offers young people the opportunity to deal with current developments and challenges, to learn about different options and to understand national decision-making processes and structures. Furthermore, it conveys different perspectives on the topics of climate policy and sustainability, including reflection on the question of how everyone can get actively involved.
Further information (in German only) on the Climate Cabinet simulation game and booking options at Klima Arena Sinsheim.