Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Role-Play Exercise

In this role-play activity, students take the roles of various important players in the climate change policy debate including politicians, scientists, environmentalists, and industry representatives. Working in these roles, students must take a position, debate with others, and then vote on legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Can be used in a variety of courses including writing and rhetoric, and social sciences.

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K.M. Theissen
University of St. Thomas
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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Activity should be done at the end of a unit on climate change, after students have learned some of the science behind the issue.

See tips provided by the developer in the activity sheet.

It might be interesting to collaborate with a politics/government studies class when doing this activity, with each group being a mixture of students from both classes.

The convention can be made more realistic with a simple PowerPoint described in activity sheet.

Link for Stern Report referred to in activity is:
http://www.ff.org/centers/csspp/pdf/20061104_stern.pdf

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