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“Climate Neutral City” simulation game© Goethe-Institut

“Climate Neutral City” simulation game

Do you teach German at a school in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia or the Czech Republic

Want to get to know an innovative teaching and learning method and have fun at the same time? Then take part in the “Climate Neutral City” simulation game competition! It’s worthwhile.

For both you and your pupils.


Schulprofil bis zum 30.11.2021 einreichen

What is it about?

It’s getting warmer every year. As we humans make ever more use of fossil fuels, cut down forests and practise intensive agriculture, we are changing the climate: more heat waves and droughts, melting glaciers, rising sea levels.

Participants in the “Climate Neutral City” simulation game competition slip into the role of mayor, a member of “Fridays for Future” or head of the tourism office of an invented city for the duration of the game. They will be a member of a commission that develops a proposal regarding how to reduce the city’s CO2 emissions by half by 2030. The city wants to become one of the ten greenest cities in the world. It aims to become “climate neutral” and no longer emit any CO2, thus helping stop global warming. To reach this goal, the players must decide on the steps to take and ultimately achieve a result by working together.

At the end of the simulation game, the commission will present the result and record the presentation in a three-minute video.

The simulation game is played on a PC or tablet using browser-based software. The participants will use a video conferencing tool (Zoom) to exchange information during the game.

What makes a simulation game special?

A simulation game is an exciting didactic teaching and learning format. It facilitates experiential learning, which is considered as particularly lasting – and it’s also fun. The core of a simulation game is a real or fictitious challenge. Participants examine key topic-related questions from different perspectives and learn both how difficult and how important it is to take different interests into account and work out compromises. As the outcome of the game is not predetermined, participants can look for different solutions, while putting their negotiation skills to the test and making decisions. They thus experience and shape challenges rather than merely talk ABOUT them.

For Participants

Teilnahme „Klimaneutrale Stadt" © Goethe-Institut

Participants must
  • be learning German at a school in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic or Russia
  • have at least an A2 language level according to the CEFR
  • be between 15 and 18 years of age at the time they enter the competition
  • take part as a group of at least 10 and a maximum of 30 participants (groups can also include participants from different classes)
  • have access to tablets or PCs (smartphones are not sufficient)
  • submit a declaration of consent signed by their parents if they are under 18 years of age at the time of participation in the competition.
You don’t have to know anything about climate change to take part in the game.
The simulation game will be conducted in the national language of each country. The participants will present the results in German.

The simulation game itself will take about 4.5 hours including breaks. About three more hours are scheduled for the subsequent development of the presentation and the presentation itself.

Teachers will be offered an online training session explaining the simulation game. The training session will last about four hours, including breaks. They will also receive a handout with all the necessary information.

German teachers at schools in Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and the Czech Republic should please contact:

Estonia: info-tallinn@goethe.de
Latvia: Rozite.Spica@goethe.de
Lithuania: Laura.Frolovaite.extern@goethe.de
Russia: Tatjana.Budaewa@goethe.de
Czech Republic: Daniel.Vodrazka@goethe.de
The simulation game will be organised in consultation with the competent Goethe-Institut in the respective countries and take place between November 15 and December 10, 2021.

Attractive prizes await the winning schools.
All participants will receive a certificate of participation.


Planspiel „Klimaneutrale Stadt" © Goethe-Institut

Who is on the jury? What is evaluated?
A jury of three experts will evaluate how the participants have carried out the simulation game and how they present the results. The result itself and the level of language used will not be evaluated.

The simulation game will be organised in consultation with the competent Goethe-Institut in the respective countries and take place between November 15 and December 10, 2021.

A closing event will be held in each country to recognise the winning schools.


Kontakt: Planspiel „Klimaneutrale Stadt“ © Goethe-Institut If you still have questions, please contact the person in charge in your country:


Czech Republic