Here are two games and two interactive tools that show how different strategies effect global temperatures. We're on a timeline with real-world consequences. See how the numbers change when we implement different solutions. What are the combinations that make the most difference? What solutions surprise you?
The Solutions Game is a great launching point for meaningful climate discussions and brainstorming climate actions. It's a creative, inspiring, team-building approach to leverage tools and connections for meaningful local change.
Whether at work, in a classroom, in a community group or with friends, The Solutions Game helps players explore a wide variety of actionable climate solutions, and help prioritize which to focus on.
My Climate Action Plan (MyCAP) is a personal tool for anyone who wants to take action to protect our planet, both at work and at home. Big change starts with small actions. MyCAP will help you understand your carbon footprint and set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time bound) goals to reduce your footprint and stay accountable for a year of powerful impact. We encourage you to focus on four key impact areas of Food, Transportation, Energy and Waste and how your goals in each area fit in within your community - be it a company, household, city, state, or country.
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MyCAP, a user-friendly Climate Action Plan tool that anyone and any business can use. Try it out!
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We talk a lot about the need for better public transportation here in the Bay Area - it's a challenge to use it consistently, instead of our cars. What does your dream of fast and efficient rail transportation look like? This game from the SF Chronicle lets you build your dream BART map, one stop at a time. In this game, you control the fate of BART’s future expansion. Will you focus on building where people live or where they work?
BART has been shuttling people around the Bay Area for 50 years, expanding to 50 stations and 131 miles of tracks over that time. But it has also suffered from a constant complaint that it could be so much more. With “Build-a-BART,” you can craft the BART map of your dreams.
from MIT and Climate Interactive:
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and discover this fast, powerful climate solutions simulation tool from Climate Interactive and MIT. It's a great to explore and understand the real impact of various strategies to keep global temperature rise below 1.5* centigrade. 1.5 doesn't sound like a lot, but that's the temperature measured in Celsius, which equals 2.7* Fahrenheit. All of a sudden, things start feeling a "bit warmer".
Using the simulator, move the toggle bars and explore how emphasizing different solutions make a difference - or don't change much at all. If nothing is done, and we continue "Business As Usual", we're on track to raise global temperatures 6.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
And that's a lot, more than can be expected to sustain life as we know it.
This is what the dashboard looks like:
As you move the toggles, you'll see the affect your strategies are predicted to have over time: