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The Cascades Game is an interactive educational tool that serves as an introduction to the concept of cascading climate impacts and to policy responses to address and tackle these impacts. It was developed as a part of the project CASCADES (Cascading climate risks: Towards adaptive and resilient European Societies). The project’s goal is to identify how the risks of climate change to countries, economies and peoples beyond Europe might cascade into Europe. It does so by analyzing how these risks interact with major challenges facing European societies. CASCADES is working with a diverse range of stakeholders – both within and outside Europe – to support the design of a coherent European policy framework to address these risks.

The Cascades Game is based on the content of the Policy Simulation that was used in the CASCADES project to structure its stakeholder involvement and knowledge co-production process.

The Cascades Game was created for policy and climate educators and university teachers searching for an interactive introduction to the topics connected with cascading climate risks. It is also possible to use the game during workshops and other initiatives engaging policy makers.


The Exploration Module
1. Click on “Start”.
2. Click on an event on the Map. You’ll see the associated video and social media content.
3. After learning one story, go back to the Map and view a new event.

The Classroom Module
1. Select your role.
2. Listen to the facilitator’s tips. Check in-game messages.
3. Make your decision and vote for selected Policies.
4. Propose your own Policy Proposals.


Cascading climate impacts, sustainability, global food chains, crisis management, system change, collaboration


  • Reflexive and conceptual – participants challenge their mental models and values. They step beyond polarized thinking and silos of their expertise.
  • Complexity and science-driven – scenarios based on the CASCADES consortium research give a sense of reality and foster complex thinking.
  • Active and experiential – compared to written or oral forms of communication (such as articles or presentations), social simulation combines challenge, immersion, emotions, and learning-by-doing in a safe environment.
  • People-oriented – the simulation can bring together a broad group of participants with different expertise. Interwoven and diverse narratives get participants’ attention and keep them engaged over the course of the whole workshop.
  • Future-oriented – storyline to support visioning and planning.
  • Easy to moderate – handbook and ready to use game materials makes it possible to moderate without extensive prior training.

Number of players

more than 10 players

Number of moderators

1 moderator


1-2 hours


Web applications (no download needed). Materials available on the game’s website.



  • Requires preparation: printing and cutting cards
  • Requires role-play

Technical requirements

Devices with the latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, an internet connection, and a headset or a set of speakers (the simulation includes a series of videos that need to be played with sound). No additional software is required.

For Classroom Module: printer to print additional, paper materials.

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