Author: Desislava Georgieva
Published On: 08/12/2023

The game, during which students take on the roles of “world government”, industrialists, farmers, conventional and clean energy producers, or climate hawks, is part of the Public Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development’s open lessons on climate change. This week and next week, experts from the association are visiting future hoteliers and restaurateurs from the Varna Vocational School of Tourism. The school’s eighth-graders eagerly accepted the roles of politicians, farmers and even oil producers, but reluctantly stepped into the shoes of “climate hawks.” The reason – they were convinced that we humans, by our everyday actions, have been responsible for climate change since the beginning of the industrial revolution. What measures we can take to limit global warming to below 2 degrees, which is the goal of the Paris Agreement, the teenagers checked with the help of the climate simulator.

The En-ROADS online tool has been translated into Bulgarian and allows the development of various simulation models to track climate change impacts. Students in a real-world environment can change global coal production, renewable energy, nuclear capacity, oil, transport electrification and building energy efficiency, reduce deforestation, regulate economic growth, carbon price, population and more, and see how their decisions affect the Earth’s temperature.

In eighth grade Geography and Economics classes, when students studied the topic of climate, they got a first-hand look at the impact of the anthropogenic factor on climate change.

If you want your students to be aware and informed citizens, you can invite the experts of the Public Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development to your Chemistry and Environmental Protection, Biology and Health Education, Geography and Economics classes or to the Class Hour by sending us a free text request to info@ecovarna.info.

Over 200 students between grades 8 and 12 in Varna will receive climate change education in the 2023/2024 school year. They will all participate in creating scenarios to mitigate climate change. The top three will be awarded at the end of the project.

The activities are organised under the Simulator-Simulator project, one of the fourteen finalists in the eighth edition of the Vivacom Regional Grant.

“Our mission is to introduce the online simulator into the curricula of schools in Varna. We will train more than 20 teachers to use the educational software, which they will then apply in their teaching practice in geography, chemistry, biology classes or in the class teacher’s lessons,” said Ilian Iliev from the Public Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development. To help more students understand how their decisions affect the effects of global warming, we will prepare video teaching content on the topic and additional online information materials,” Iliev added.

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The project “Simulator-simulator” is carried out with the financial support of Vivacom fund.