„Cooling down!“- the game around global warming

Climate-Justice vs. Worldpower Energy

A thought-provocing boardgame around climate change, energy efficiency and “Good Governance”

By Dr. Otto Ulrich, Germany

The Idea of the game is to widen environmental awareness towards a globally oriented consciousness. This shall include the relations between global warming, energy options, greenhouse effect and natural disasters.
All of us are facing worldwide one basic question: Will the world community, the “human family”, be capable of reducing the forseen greenhousegas emissions around 50 % up to 2050?

Indeed, exactly this is the question in this (simulations-)game, too!
The players are representing the human beings, the so-called world community, they have to be very active in facing the challenge: Do you want to be rich or do you prefer to rescue the world?

Or: In the race between time – from 1840 to 2050 – and increasing Carbon dioxide concentration you have to choose between different CO2 reduction-strategies; you have to find, in cooperation with others, ways to minimize the CO2-levels, otherwise we will face a cowdung-society …
This game brings orientation. It will improve global thinking and thinking in alternative energy-options; it will open the view about intercultural behaviour, it will give regional based sustainable hints for the every day-to-day-energy use, and - last but not least - it will show a realistic (and, in the context of this game) a playable “Kyoto-PLUS-strategy”.

Finally, the game shows ways towards climate justice, and also new approaches in the fight against poverty.
“Cooling down!” is a trainingsfield for growing world-consciousness.

The prototype is ready, the test activities are going on. The game will be published in german und english, firstly – in 2 language: german and english.
A presentation in Auroville, South-India in this spring was very successful.
A English version is on the way.
Now “Cooling down!” needs international support.

Are you interested in further information? Don’t hesitate.

Das Spiel basiert auf den wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen des Buches:
Peter Hennicke/Michael Müller: Weltmacht Energie, 2006
dem Endbericht der Enq.-Kom. des Deutschen Bundestages: Nachhaltige Energieversorgung: (BT-Drs. 14/9400)
dem neuen Bericht der IPCC, 2007
dem Buch von Al Gore: Eine unbequeme Wahrheit, 2006