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Mock Environmental Summit

Teaching Materials by Catherine Gautier - Starting Point page by R. Teed (SERC).
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This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Reviewed Teaching Collection

This activity has received positive reviews in a peer review process involving five review categories. The five categories included in the process are

  • Scientific Accuracy
  • Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
  • Pedagogic Effectiveness
  • Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
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This page first made public: Aug 9, 2006

This material is replicated on a number of sites as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service Project

Summary

At the end of a six-week class or unit on global warming, students role-play representatives from various countries and organizations at an international summit on the Santa Barbara protocol, dealing with global warming. The students prepare by studying the IPCC report on Global Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, and other information on human impacts on the environment. The course involves several writing assignments, presentations, and lab activities that help the students research their arguments.

Learning Goals

During this course, students will:
  • Increase their understanding of human impact on Earth's systems, especially on the climate.
  • Develop their persuasive and critical skills as writers and presenters
  • Become more familiar with political decision-making processes.
  • Context for Use

    The role-play in this module takes one period, but it is the culmination of a six-week course.

    Teaching Materials

    The University of California, Santa Barbara's Mock International Summit Course site (Geography 135) contains extensive resources that detail:

    Teaching Notes and Tips

    This site contains a diverse array of useful material that could be incorporated into an environmental or climate studies course.

    Assessment

    The course has 9 writing assignments, each of which is explained in detail. There are also lab activities and presentations.

    References and Resources

    Interactive role-playing exercises dealing with the complicated issue of humanity's dependence on fossil fuels and its consequences include:


    Subject

    Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Public policy , Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Public policy, Environmental Science:Policy, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Climatology

    Resource Type

    Activities:Project, Activities

    Grade Level

    College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level

    Ready for Use

    Ready to Use:Meets Peer Review Standard:Anonymous Peer Review, Ready to Use

    Earth System Topics

    Climate, Human Dimensions:Energy, Atmosphere, Human Dimensions:Policy

    Topics

    Climate

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