APRU-Monash Global Climate Change Simulation
Acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land and their Elders past and present.
The Monash Sustainable Development Institute and the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences are pleased to offer nine Monash students the opportunity to participate in the 2021 APRU Monash Global Climate Change Simulation.
Collaborate with a global team of students from 14 Association for Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) in a mock UN Climate Change Conference.
What you’ll experience:
- A role-playing exercise in which you’ll form multi-country, multi-disciplinary teams to play the role of delegates to the UN Climate Change Negotiations
- Two 2.5 hour sessions (one week apart) of an online simulation activity using materials from the World Climate Interactive and the EN-ROADS simulation model developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Live sessions, short lectures and resources developed and curated by the APRU experts, which will be available on a shared website
The APRU Monash Global Climate Change Simulation is a unique opportunity to experience what it’s like to take part in a simulated UN climate change negotiation. You’ll also get to learn from global experts on the latest science on climate change and its impacts. And you’ll have the opportunity to broaden your networks and work with high achieving students from across the Asia Pacific and the Americas.
The 15-hour course includes:
- Asynchronous individual & group work
- 6.5 hours of live simulations with world-renowned experts
- Student team activities.
Students will be assigned to international teams (with other students from various universities). Teams will be assigned to one of six countries or regions. Over three rounds of discussions and negotiations, teams will participate in breakout rooms facilitated by international experts in climate science. In addition, teams will hear perspectives from experts on topics such as: Indigenous knowledge, planetary health, public health, coastal habitats, deforestation, clean energy, trading and offsets, and diplomacy and negotiation skills. The course will include Indigenous speakers and knowledge experts.
Teams will also discuss the human and environmental effects of climate change, as well as the economic impact that countries/regions consider in determining their position and global commitments.
Upon completion you will be able to:
- Describe what contributes to climate change, and its impact on human health (planetary health);
- Explain global climate change efforts, such as the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNCCC), and the Conference of Parties (COP);
- Explain how and why climate change affects the most vulnerable populations and why it is an issue of social justice;
- Identify adaptation and mitigation strategies and which will have the most impact on global temperatures;
- Practice global teamwork and cross-cultural collaboration and communication skills
- Discuss the complexity involved in countries’ decisions, including consideration of factors such as economic impact, and negotiating power.
- Describe the challenges of negotiations among countries on issues such as climate change and the importance of global collaboration.
- Opening Ceremony - August 12, from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Hong Kong Time)/ 11 am - 12.30 pm (Melbourne time)
- Day 1 - August 26, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Hong Kong Time)/ 11 am - 12.30 pm (Melbourne time)
- Day 2 - September 2, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Hong Kong Time) /11 am - 12.30 pm (Melbourne time)
Schedule: The total course time is 15 hours and includes 6.5 hours of online live sessions, combined with approximately 3.5 hours of self-paced online homework and approximately 5 hours of group homework.
All current Monash students are invited to apply, both undergraduate and postgraduate. To ensure equity, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Island applicants will be prioritised. No prior knowledge of climate change and international UN negotiations is required.
Monash Sustainable Development Institute & Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences are offering nine fully sponsored places. There will be no cost for the selected students to participate. However, to demonstrate a serious commitment, selected students will be asked to provide a refundable deposit of $20 which will be returned upon completion of the program.
Each student will receive a Certificate of Completion following the event.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2021 program are now closed
Have any concerns or questions? Please contact Gitanjali Bedi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more, visit the World Climate Simulation.
This is one initiative within a range of activities Monash is planning in the lead-up to (and during) COP26. Keep an eye out for additional initiatives you can be involved in.