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Bonus Tutorial 6: Create your Socio-economic Scenario#

Week 2, Day 3: The Socioeconomics of Climate Change

Content creators: Paul Heubel, Maximilian Puelma Touzel

Content reviewers: Mujeeb Abdulfatai, Nkongho Ayuketang Arreyndip, Jeffrey N. A. Aryee, Jenna Pearson, Abel Shibu, Ohad Zivan

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Tutorial Objectives#

Estimated timing of tutorial: 30 min

In this tutorial, you will model your own simplified Socioeconomic Pathway, a scenario of actions to limit global warming below 2°C. You take action against climate change within the socioeconomic model environment of the Climate Solution Simulator named En-ROADS. To examine its characteristics you address its challenges, winners/losers, political feasibility, narrative, and current trends.

You learn how to

  • apply the knowledge you gained in last tutorials to design actions against climate change

  • map your scenario narrative in the SSP

Video 1:#

Exercise 1: Create your Solution Scenario and Evaluate it#

Estimated timing: 20 minutes

  1. Open En-ROADS here. (Note the control panel is available in various languages - check the left of the panel of the simulator that should by default show “English”.)

  2. Develop a scenario: By moving the sliders and changing the assumptions, find a scenario (i.e. a combination of slider positions of different variables) that results in less than 2°C of temperature increase by the end of the century. Use the following cheatsheet if needed.

Note that your changes are reflected in the light blue graph, while the baseline scenario remains a black line.

  1. Answer the following questions:

    1. Your Plan: What are the top 3-5 most important policies in your strategy? (For example, the most important sliders that you moved). Share your scenario link and a screenshot of your final En-ROADS dashboard.

    If you want to save your scenario, export it via a click on the Share your scenario button in the top right of the panel, and select ‘Copy Scenario Link’.

    1. Political Feasibility: To implement your proposals, what actions and priorities are needed over the next two years in businesses, civil society, government, and the public?

    2. Winners & Losers: Who would be the biggest winners and losers globally in your proposed future? Create a table with two columns for winners and losers.

    3. Narrative: Map your ideas in the narrative space, introduced in Tutorial 5.

    4. Hope: What trends in the world give you hope that your proposals are possible?


In this last tutorial, you went from model to action by designing your own socioeconomic modeling scenario to limit global warming below 2°C by the end of the century. You reflected on its challenges, political feasibility, inherent winners and losers of your approach, and finally, the narrative that you chose. At the end of the day, you collected observations of actions and trends you are making in your region, globally, and in your daily life that give hope. That hope and various solutions exist, which one has to combine, and that only action is needed, might be the most important lesson of today.


This tutorial is inspired by teaching material from Climate Interactive and other documents. A few important resources are linked below:

A Planetary Crisis Planning Computer Game