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2021 APRU-UW Global Climate Change Simulation

Experience what it’s like to be a delegate at the 2021 UN Climate Change Negotiations

EarthLab, the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) and the UW Office of Global Affairs are pleased to offer nine UW students the opportunity to collaborate with a global team of students from 14 Association for Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) in a mock UN Climate Change Conference.

The APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation is a role-playing exercise in which students will form multi-country, multi-disciplinary teams to play the role of delegates to the UN Climate Change Negotiations. To learn more, visit the World Climate Simulation.

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.

–Each student will receive a Certificate of Completion following the event.

Learning Objectives

–Describe what contributes to climate change

–Explain global climate change efforts, such as the Paris Agreement, the UNCCC, and the COP

–Identify adaptation and mitigation strategies and which will have the most impact on global temperatures

–Explain how/why climate change affects the most vulnerable populations and why it is an issue of social justice

–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, negotiating power, etc.

–Describe the challenges of negotiations among countries on issues such as climate change and the importance of global collaboration

What’s Involved

Students will be assigned to international teams (students from various universities). Teams will be assigned one of 6 countries/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 coastal habitats, deforestation, clean energy, trading and offsets, and diplomacy and negotiation skills. Teams will 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.

Who Should Apply

All current University of Washington students are invited to apply, both undergraduate and postgraduate across disciplines and the tri-campus community. No prior knowledge of climate change or international UN negotiations is required.


The total course time of 15 hours 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.

  • Opening Ceremony | August 11, 2021 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. PT
  • Day 1 | August 25, 2021 | 6 – 8:30 p.m. PT
  • Day 2 | September 1, 2021 | 6 – 8:30 p.m. PT



Paid by EarthLab and the UW Office of Global Affairs

Application Deadline

The application period has closed. Congratulations to the following students who were accepted to the program:

  • Felipe Borja Diaz, UDP + Evans School, UW Seattle
  • Lindsay DuPont, Environmental Science, UW Tacoma
  • Carole Green, Global Health, UW Seattle
  • Greta Gunning, DEOHS, UW Seattle
  • Isaac Olson, Oceanography, UW Seattle
  • Reese Sherman, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell
  • Siddharth Sheth, School of Engineering and Technology, UW Tacoma
  • Tripura Talagadadeevi, SPH – Epidemiology and Global Health, UW Seattle
  •  Shutao Zhang, School of STEM, Computer Science, UW Bothell


Contact Marci Burden at mburden@uw.edu.

Are you a faculty member interested in participating in a facilitator or expert role? Contact Mellissa Withers at mwithers@usc.edu.