3. Stage it

Interactive Floor Plan

Participants enter the simulation in pairs and proceed through 4 stations.

Each pair of participants is bound together with rope or bungee cords to signify how the decisions made by us in richer countries affect the climate of people in developing countries.

For brevity in the instructions, we will call one participant “Rich North” and the other participant “Poor South.”

Arms 1

 


Station 1- Food Waste
[Two plates of food–you need to get two plates of food with strikingly different portions on them.]

Ambassador A says to Rich North: Hello there! How are you? My name is Chef (insert name here) and I’m one of the masterminds behind what you eat for lunch in your typical high school or college cafeteria. Today’s meal is a lovely, high-class dish of chicken tenders, french fries, and mac and cheese. Which plate would you like me to serve to you?

*Rich North Participant picks either the plate with smaller, less-wasteful portions or the plate with large, wasteful portions*

Food portion size

 

Ambassador A: Now that you’ve made your decision, you can move right along! Thanks for stopping by!

*The pair moves to next Ambassador behind the first station*

Ambassador B says the following to the Rich North participant if they chose the smaller, less wasteful portion and *hands Poor South participant an average portion of beans*

Every day, you eat simple food with fewer choices of portion size. There are some days where you might not even get this much to eat. Since your friend in the United States chose the smaller portion and did not waste food, you get to eat this whole cup of beans. Some estimates say that 33% of total of global warming effect can be traced back to the food system. Your rich friend made a wise choice and contributes less to global warming. Enjoy your “meal” and move on.

Ambassador B says the following to the Rich North participant if they chose the larger, more wasteful portion and *hands Poor South participant a smaller portion of beans.*

Every day,you eat simple food with fewer choices of portion size. There are some days where you get very little to eat. Since your friend in the United States chose to fill up his plate with portions so large that that he will most likely not finish it and will throw much of it away, your already small portion of food is now made even smaller. 
Throwing away unfinished food contributes to global warming because much fossil fuel went into the production of this food, which now is added to our garbage. The earth will heat up, and you will have less to eat. Eat up and move on.

The Ambassador places stickers on the participants. On Rich World the red sticker will be placed. It will say “Food Waste.” On Poor World, the effect will be written on a sticker, saying “Starvation.” At the end of the simulation, they will take the stickers off and read the effects.

Beans 1


Station 2: Electricity
[Table of electronics]

Ambassador C: Hello! My name is (insert name here) and I’m your average college student. In my room along with my roommate, I have an iPhone with an iPhone charger, a laptop and a laptop charger, a television, a lamp, an alarm clock, and a fan. I keep all of these things plugged in and pumping electricity in my dorm 24/7. I never shut out my light when I leave the room. Do you do the same in your home, or do you always unplug your electronics and turn your lights off?

Electronics
Rich North Participant responds, and Leader C says: Thank you for your answer. You can move right along to Leader D. Thanks for stopping by!

*The pair moves to next leader behind the second station*

 

Ambassador D (if Rich North made a better decision) speaks to Poor South:

Your friend in the United States is so lucky to have all of those electronics so easily at his fingertips. But where do they come from? People like you, in developing countries. You work sunrise to sundown assembling laptops and iPhones and electronics. Luckily, your friend in the United States usually turns off his electronics and doesn’t drain electricity out of his room. Therefore, you don’t have to work quite as hard. But you still must work! Hard! Fast! Assemble as many iPhones as you can in 30 seconds!

 

Ambassador D (if Rich North is wasteful with their electricity use):

Your friend in the United States is so lucky to have all of those electronics so easily at his fingertips. But where do they come from? People like you, in developing countries. You work rigorously from sunrise to sundown assembling laptops and iPhones and electronics. Your friend in the United States fails to turn off his electronics and drains electricity out of his room. Therefore, climate change affects you more, makes you poorer, and you have to work harder for your family. You have to hurry up! Fast! Harder! Faster! Assemble as many iPhones as you can in 60 seconds! (Drill person with nasty comments for entire 60 seconds!)

The Ambassador places stickers on the participants. On Rich World the red sticker will be placed. It will say “Electricity Waste.” On Poor World, the effect will be written on a sticker, saying “Unfair Labor.” At the end of the simulation, they will take the stickers off and read the effects.

Electronics 2

 


Station 3: Water
[Reusable bottle and plastic bottle]

Ambassador E: Hi! My name is (insert name here) and I’m your average American fitness guru, about to go do my daily workout. I could go out of my way to fill up my reusable water bottle, or I could just grab a plastic water bottle from my fridge. What would you do?

bottles

Rich North Participant responds, and Leader E says: Thank you for your answer. You can move right along to Leader F. Thanks for stopping by!

*The pair moves to next leader behind the third station*

 

Ambassador F (if Rich North made a better decision) speaks to Poor South:

Every day, millions of people are faced with a simple decision like this. Little do you know, the way plastic water bottles are made has a harsh effect on our planet. When carbon is released into the atmosphere, the earth gets hotter. Every time a great person like you chooses not to use a plastic water bottle, that is one more positive step towards the planet not getting so hot that it could become unbearable for us one day. You only have to suffer the heat for a short amount of time (30 seconds).

 

Ambassador F (if Rich North made a poor decision) speaks to Poor South:

Every day, millions of people are faced with a simple decision like this. Little do you know, the way plastic water bottles are made has a harsh effect on our planet. When carbon is released into the atmosphere, the earth gets hotter. Every time a person like you chooses to use a plastic water bottle, that is one more step towards the planet getting so hot that it could become unbearable for us one day. Suffer the heat (60 seconds).

heatlamp

The Ambassador places stickers on the participants. On Rich World the red sticker will be placed. It will say “Electric Waste.” On Poor World, the effect will be written on a sticker, saying “Increased Temperature.” At the end of the simulation, they will take the stickers off and read the effects.

stickers


Station 4: Reflection and Advocacy. This section is treated more fully in its own section on the site

Ideally, you should have a table or area for Reflection and another table for Advocacy.

Reflection:

Here, the Ambassador can carry on a discussion with participants. Frequently, most participants have not thought about our interconnectedness with regard to climate change. Many are not aware that the United States has emitted the most greenhouse gasses and has contributed most to climate change. Nor do most people realize that people in poor countries feel the effects of climate change the most. The Reflection Booklet has short passages from Pope Francis’s teaching on climate and from other sources.

Try to spend a little time with each participant to help them understand the simulation they just participated in.
Reflection
Advocacy:

Advocacy can take numerous forms. We link to the CRS site on advocacy Confront Global Poverty, where participants can ask Congress to support the Green Climate Fund.

You could also print out letters for participants to sign and address and add their own thoughts. There petitions then could be sent or taken to Congress.

If you have other ideas for advocacy, please write to us at the bottom of this website and we will include your ideas.

Advocacy-250 letters to Congress

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