Classroom/Laboratory Activity: The Global Climate Change Game

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An interactive classroom activity ‘The Global Climate Change Game’ by James Copestake and Tom Ellum, University of Bath, that applies theoretical economic concepts in the context of climate change. The game involves role-play by students to climate change negotiations between countries influenced by ethics and morals. The game introduces concepts like ‘green spending’ and ‘carbon tax’ and requires students to maximize their countries’ net benefit to avoid catastrophes. 

Students will learn about economic concepts that relate to climate change as well as understand how these concepts function in a global market. They will also learn about the economic decisions and incentives that countries take to reduce the effect of climate change on economic growth and development. Students will further learn about how public good and benefit influences these economic decisions. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. What is ‘green spending’?
  2. How does public good and benefit influence climate change negotiations?
  3. Compare countries and their greenhouse gas emissions and net economic growth.

About the tool

Tool NameThe Global Climate Change Game
Topic(s) in DisciplineGreen Spending, Carbon Tax, Climate Change Negotiations, Economic Growth
Climate Topic Energy, Economics and Climate Change
Type of tool Classroom/Laboratory Activity 
Grade LevelUndergraduate
Developed byJames Copestake and Tom Ellum
Hosted atThe Economics Network 
Computer SkillsBasic