This small group activity was developed by the Carbon Mitigation Initiative at Princeton University “to convey the scale of effort needed to address the carbon and climate situation and the necessity of developing a portfolio of options.” By the end of the exercise, students should understand the magnitude of human-sourced carbon emissions and feel comfortable comparing the effectiveness, benefits, and drawbacks of a variety of carbon-cutting strategies including nuclear power. The students should appreciate that there is no easy or “right” solution to the carbon and climate problem. Students will learn about the technologies currently available that can substantially cut carbon emissions, develop critical reasoning skills as they create their own portfolio of strategies to cut emissions, and verbally communicate the rationale for their selections. Working in teams, students will develop the skills to negotiate a solution that is both physically plausible and politically acceptable, and defend their solution to a larger group.” Accompanying Slides and Graphics are available for download as well.
This game and its creator was also highlighted in chapter 2 of the recent NOVA special, Power Surge which can be viewed online in under 13 minutes.