Problem Solving in Honors-200

One of the unique features of the “new” Honors program is its emphasis on problem solving from an interdisciplinary approach. Within the classroom setting, this value was not required more than when we worked on the mock negotiations. One of the focuses of this project was cooperation between the many different parties in order to achieve the most we could for the nations that we represented. For example, as the representative for Nepal, I worked very closely with the representatives of other lesser-developed countries such as the Maldives, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Bangladesh. We all advocated for a rapid increase in mitigation efforts by all nations, both by nations guilty of historic emissions and those guilty of current emissions, as well as by those LDCs who may not be contributing much at all. Additionally, we advocated for the use of at least 50% of GCF funding to be dedicated to those countries most at-risk of substantial damage due to climate change. We chose to advocate for these specific ideas because of the various pieces of information that we learned about throughout the year. Professor MacAvoy taught us about the innovative ways in which the world will be able to get energy in the future that will not harm the environment as much as today’s methods are. However, the most important skills that we learned in regards to this issue were those of cooperation and concession in order to get the most beneficial agreement for as many countries as possible.

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