How to convince someone global warming is real? Play this game

The Extinction Chronicles

“The situation is so urgent that we really need to try anything,” an MIT professor said.
by James Rainey / 
Image: John Sterman

John D. Sterman speaks during the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Climate Interactive

Many people see climate change as too big and daunting a problem to even think about fixing. Others are unconvinced that it’s a problem at all. Scientists issue urgent calls to action, but, often, people are unmoved.

Now, researchers say they have found one thing that increases motivation to battle climate change: a game.

The World Climate Simulation is a role-playing game that thrusts participants into the roles of negotiators at an ersatz United Nations climate summit. It forces them to make decisions about how to lower greenhouse gas emissions and slow the warming of the Earth and shows them the consequences if they do too little.

Some 43,000 people around the globe have…

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