Annual Policy Simulation

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Where: Capital High School, Santa Fe Prep, and Mandela International Magnet School

When: February 4th, 7th, and 8th, 2019

If students from schools other than those listed above would like to participate, please contact Tacarra at tacarra@sfcir.org for more information.

For three years running, CIR has designed, developed and launched a highly successful annual policy simulation at several high schools across Santa Fe. In 2017, students became policy advisors to major global leaders all wrestling with the [fictional] situation of Turkey’s President Erdogan expelling all Syrian refugees from the country. This simulation reached 70 students at Santa Fe Prep. In 2018, a natural disaster devastated Xlandia’s energy infrastructure; the World Bank and other international donors committed US $10 billion to reconstruct its energy infrastructure and students had to determine how that money was spent.

And then in 2019… 

It is October 2025 and climate change has accelerated significantly and disastrously over the past several months. The human toll has been extreme.  A series of typhoons have devastated Southeast Asia. The Amazon Rainforest in South America has experienced floods and disease outbreaks. The east African coast hasn’t seen a drop of rain in over three years and is experiencing a historic drought.

While national, state, and local governments have all begun radically reshaping their policies and approaches to the environment, most transnational energy corporations have called emergency meetings to revisit strategy and coping responses. This is particularly true for Emerging and Latent Markets (ELM) Energy, which has energy assets across the developing world. Much of their portfolio lies in coal and carbon assets – which together reap over 70% of their total annual profits of US $7.7 billion – with a small but growing portfolio in renewable energy sources. For ELM Energy, these climate change disasters pose more than a public relations disaster; without an adequate response – economically, socially, and politically – ELM Energy faces sabotage and even bankruptcy.

ELM Energy officials must navigate greed, corruption, and sabotage to determine the fate of ELM Energy. Regional leaders must decide whether they should convince their citizens to accept ELM Energy’s decision or revolt against the energy giant.