This workshop is a simulation of the annual United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) who have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or FCCC), a legally non-binding treaty best known for the Kyoto Protocol. The 2009 conference took place in Denmark, 2010 in Mexico, 2011 in South Africa, 2012 in Qatar, 2013 in Warsaw, 2014 in New York, and 2015 in Paris. In this workshop, participants play the role of conference delegates to better understand the global impact of climate change.
Why do we do this workshop?
- To understand the global impact of climate change
- To understand that being a global leader is to put the needs of the world/global ahead of the needs of individuals or nations
- To build awareness of our own biases, assumptions, prejudices, and emotions that hinder us from listening to others
What will students take away from the workshop?
- An appreciation that coming to consensus is difficult because we as humans have difficulty listening to each other
- An understanding of how difficult it is to listen because of our own biases, assumptions, prejudices, and emotions that distract us from listening
- An awareness that global solutions are created by understanding and listening to one another
- A realization that the fate of the world lies in cooperation, not competition