Annual Policy Simulation

Student reflection from Mandela International Magnet School

With thanks to PNM, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations would like to thank all students, teachers, and volunteers for ensuring the 2019 policy simulation was successfully implemented at three different schools! Thank you! If you would like more information on the 2019 policy simulation, please contact Tacarra at tacarra@sfcir.org

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, health issues, and even 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.

Download the flyer for the Capital High Simulation here.

Download the flyer for the SF Prep Simulation here.

Download the flyer for the Mandela International Magnet School Simulation here.