The Stabilization Wedges Game is a team-based exercise that teaches players about the scale of the greenhouse gas problem, plus technologies that already exist to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions and get us off the path toward dramatic and damaging climate change. In this game, students are introduced to the concept of stabilization wedges as a way to help reduce carbon emissions. Each stabilization wedge strategy is equal to a reduction of 1 billion tons of emissions per year. Students are put into teams of 3-6 and create a strategy using eight stabilization wedges to reduce carbon emissions. After determining which of four different sectors (electricity production, heating and direct fuel use, transportation, and biostorage) strategies they will choose, students develop a wedge triangle and corresponding 5 minute oral report justifying their choices. The team with the overall best justification, not necessarily best choices, will win.
The recommended time for this activity is 2-3, 40-50 minute class periods depending on the number of teams. Classes with a large number of teams may take three class periods. The first class period should be spent on climate change, introduction to wedges, team determination, and expert determination. The second, and possibly third, class period(s) should be spent on playing the game, development of the wedge triangle, oral report presentations, and judging. Closure/ assessment of student learning questions are provided.
Teachers should be aware that one of the contributors to this activity was BP.