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The Global Climate Change Game

Classroom/Laboratory Activity

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 understand.international climate change negotiations between countries influenced by ethics and morals. The game introduces concepts like ‘green spending’ and ‘carbon tax’ and requires students to maximise 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 Tool
Tool NameThe Global Climate Change Game 
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate Change Economics, Economic Policy, Carbon Tax, Economic Growth, Green Spending, Climate Change Negotiations
Climate TopicClimate Economics
Type of toolClassroom/Laboratory Activity
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
Translation     –
Developed byJames Copestake and Tom Ellum 
Hosted atThe Economics Network
Computer SkillsBasic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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