Breaking Down Barriers

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Climate Change Summit

Climate Change Summit is a 90-minute town-hall-style game where players work together to solve a local climate issue.

Our 2019 topic—dam renovation—divides players into characters representing six stakeholder groups. The groups review data, discuss priorities, and make the best possible decision about what to do with the town’s century-old dam. Players can opt to leave the failing dam as is, tear it down, restore it to its former glory, or remodel it to be environmentally sustainable.

Related: Flooded with Evidence 


These free NCSE lesson sets are Selected-by-CLEAN. The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) uses a peer-review process to identify high-quality materials that align with the Climate and Energy Literacy Principles and the Next Generation Science Standards. Click the badge above to learn more.

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