International Environmental Policy
This month, students participating in the International Environmental Policy course at Ithaca College are in attendance at the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention's 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico. The delegation is accompanied by Thomas Shevory, professor of politics, who has spent the semester preparing his students for the trip. The students are attending the conference during the first week in December.
The class prepared for the convention with various projects and assignments. Two Park School students shot video of the class during the semester, and will continue filming during the conference. The footage will be broadcasted on WICB-TV to keep the campus community apprised of what the class is doing for preparations and at the conference itself.
Professor Shevory conducted a simulation in class as a way to encourage students to research country and region-specific issues related to climate change. Through this process, students learned the process of negotiating resolutions and will be able to compare the outcomes to results at the conference. Students also contacted representatives of their assigned countries to discuss their positions on the talks.
The group will also continue conducting a climate survey congruent with that of the 2009 class, and will compare the results of both this and last years' surveys. To further prepare academically, the class studied the
science and international politics of climate change through readings, discussions, and guest speakers.