The Art of a Deal
A Kyoto Protocol Simulation
College of Charleston
This case is a classroom simulation of the types of negotiations that went into the Kyoto Protocol agreement on limiting global greenhouse gas emissions. It was developed for an environmental science course for first-year college students with minimal science backgrounds. Groups of students represent various developed and developing countries as they negotiate an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. One of the main objectives is to show that a global problem requires a global solution, but this can be difficult when confounded by national interests. This objective makes the case potentially appropriate for other courses that deal with conflict resolution such as public policy courses, international relations, and certain business courses.
- Examine issues related to a potential worldwide solution to greenhouse gas emission increases.
- Teach students some details of the Kyoto Protocol.
- Show students the challenges associated with making an agreement involving numerous groups with different interests.
KeywordsGlobal warming; climate change; greenhouse gas; greenhouse effect; carbon dioxide emissions; CO2 emissions; Kyoto protocol; conflict resolution; negotiation; public policy
Topical AreasPolicy issues
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Type / MethodsRole-Play
Subject HeadingsNatural Resource Management | Environmental Science | Biology (General) | Chemistry (General) | Science (General) | Business / Management Science |