Educator Guide

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A climate simulator that allows users to explore the effect of different climate policies such as pricing carbon on hundreds of factors from energy prices to sea level rise.

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Key Features

  • Returns in a few seconds

  • Test hundreds of factors

  • Real-world data

  • Climateinteractive.org provides much information and ways to use the tools.


  • Provides a solution-focused perspective

  • Visualisation of the complex problem that is climate change 

  • Encourages exploration

  • Inspires problem-solving

  • Building skills in data management, manipulation and analysis

  • Building skills in reading/interpreting maps and plotted data/graphs

How these features can be used in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning

It can be used in class to create scenarios to better understand how changes in taxes, subsidies, economic growth, energy efficiency, technological innovation, carbon pricing, fuel mix, and other factors influence global carbon emissions and temperature. These can be the basis for conversations about addressing climate change. 

Getting Started

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There are over 100 output graphs available in En-ROADS. They show data from different parts of the global energy and climate system, and they update as you move sliders within En-ROADS.

  1. Select graphs – When you first open En-ROADS, you see the two default graphs. You can select from the full list of graphs by clicking the title of the left or right graph. You can also select from the Graphs menu in the top toolbar.

  2. More info – For more information about a graph and what it shows, select the triangle icon to the left of the graph title.

  3. Copy graph data – Copy the graph data to your clipboard by clicking on the three dots to the right of the graph title and selecting “Copy Data to Clipboard.” You can paste this data into a spreadsheet program such as Excel.

  4. Shortcut to popular graphs – You can quickly jump to a selection of the most commonly used graphs from the “Show miniature graphs” icon on the top toolbar. You can click any of these miniature graphs to switch to that graph in the main graph view.

  5. View larger graphs – If you want to expand one of the graphs to be larger or into a separate window, you can access this by clicking on the three dots to the right of the graph title and select “View Larger” or “View in New Window.” You can access our “Large Left Graph” or “Large Right Graph” feature from the View menu in the top toolbar.

Considerations and potential concern of using the tool

  • Get familiar with the tool before using it in class.

  • The impacts of climate change will be disproportionate across the globe/different per country.

  • The graphs or maps can sometimes be a bit too abstract.

  • Discuss the different consequences the changing of factors can have and what do the outcomes in the graphs mean?

  • Clearly frame or explain the goal/assignment by setting boundaries and limitations for the sliders. Otherwise they can be a bit overwhelming.