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2022 APRU-UW Climate Change Simulation

Experience what it’s like to be a delegate at the 2022 UN Climate Change Negotiations

EarthLab and the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) are pleased to offer 10 University of Washington students the opportunity to collaborate with a global team of students from 18 Association for Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) in a mock UN Climate Change Conference. A total of 180 students will participate from 18 universities in 13 economies.

All current UW students (as of Spring 2022) 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, though you should be able to articulate why this program is of interest to you.

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. Students will be assigned to international teams (students from various universities) of 10 members each.

• A kick-off event (2.5 hours) to welcome and orient students through short talks by high-level speakers.

• Two 2.5 hour sessions (two weeks 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 Canvas website.

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


The total course time of 15 hours includes 7 hours of online live sessions, combined with approximately 3 hours of self-paced online homework and approximately 5 hours of group work.

KICK-OFF: May 31 from 6-8:30pm PT

DAY 1: June 14 from 6-8:30pm PT

DAY 2: June 28 from 6-8:30pm PT

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 team-work 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


The registration cost is free for the student, paid for by EarthLab.

Application deadline

All applications are due by Friday, April 15, 2022 at 12 p.m. PT. We will notify students by April 18, 2022. Selected students must then officially register for the program by April 22, 2022.

Applications are closed and students have been notified. Thank you to everyone who applied!

Participating universities

• University of Melbourne (Australia)
• University of Sydney (Australia)
• Peking University (China)
• Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)
• Universidad de San Francisco Quito (Ecuador)
• Fiji National University (Fiji)
• Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
• Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
• Tohoku University (Japan)
• Korea University (Korea)
• University of Malaya (Malaysia)
• University of Auckland (New Zealand)
• Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
• National University of Singapore (Singapore)
• National Taiwan University (Taiwan)
• University of Oregon (US)
• University of Southern California (US)
• University of Washington (US)


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.