In March 2019, the German federal government established the so-called "Climate Cabinet". The goal of the ministers represented in the cabinet is to implement effective climate policy. The Climate Foundation for Citizens Sinsheim and ZEW Mannheim developed a simulation game for pupils which makes climate policy decision-making processes tangible and conveys climate economics in a vivid way.
The simulation game was developed by a team of the Climate Foundation for Citizens Sinsheim and the ZEW Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim in more than two years of close cooperation. Researchers from the BMBF-project Dialogue on the Economics of Climate Change worked together with experts on sustainability didactics to develop a game format that encourages pupils to take an in-depth look at ecological, social and economic aspects of climate policy. They learn about the German political system, the various impact dimensions of climate policy measures and the associated conflicts of goals and interests, among others. By weighing different perspectives and measures, the pupils gain an understanding that climate policy issues must be viewed holistically and can only be successfully implemented by finding political majorities.
The simulation game will be officially presented at a festive event on September 28, 2021 and incorporated into the educational programme of the extracurricular learning venue "Climate Arena". Pupils will report on their experiences with the learning materials and the members of the project team will give an exclusive insight into the development of the simulation game.