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MIT Climate CoLab

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In the Climate CoLab, you can work with people from all over the world to create proposals for what to do about climate change.

Inspired by systems like open source software and Wikipedia, MIT’s Climate CoLab relies on crowdsourcing to generate, and gain support for, creative new ideas to address global climate change. Activity in the CoLab is organized through a series of on-line contests, on a broad set of subproblems at the heart of the climate change challenge. Topics include increasing the efficiency of energy use, decarbonizing energy supply, changing social attitudes and behavior, adapting to climate change, and geoengineering.

The public is invited to participate by submitting, commenting, collaborating, supporting, and/or voting for proposals. Experts review the proposals and after a judging and public voting process, top proposals are connected with those who can help implement them.

Check out the SciStarter feature of the Climate CoLab: .

How to Join

Anyone in the world can contribute to the Climate CoLab — all you have to do is register at

If you see a proposal you like, you can support it. This will help guide other community members to the most interesting and promising proposals

After the judges select finalists, you can vote for the proposal you like best.

You can comment on any proposal. You can also contribute to the text — for some, you have to join the team first; others are open to anyone.

If you have a good idea, start your own proposal.

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Participation Fee $0
Expenses $0
Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online
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Tags bottom up, citizen science, Climate change, Climate CoLab, Climate & Weather, collective intelligence, crowdsourcing, decision making, MIT, opensourcing, policy making, weather
Project Updated 08/07/2016