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Stabilization Wedges Game

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    Princeton University

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Stabilization Wedges Game

This game introduces learners to the scale of the greenhouse gas problem, plus technologies that already exist to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions and prevent climate change. Players pick eight carbon-cutting strategies to construct a carbon mitigation portfolio, filling in the eight wedges of the stabilization triangle. Learners will discover that there is no easy or "right" solution to the carbon and climate problem. This resource links to a Teacher's Guide that contains background information about the stabilization wedge concept and climate change, descriptions of current mitigation tools to reduce emissions, and materials and instructions for playing the game.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
2 to 4 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 14 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
      • Nuclear Engineering
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation
    • Number and Operations
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Risks and Benefits
      • Public Policy
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories

  • Games
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Includes assesments for student learning

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Hotinksi, Roberta


  • All Rights Reserved, The Trustees of Princeton University, ©2011

Funding Source:

  • BP


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