Hallo from EC385: Economics of International Climate Policy!


This block we are studying the Economics of International Climate Change Policy and preparing to journey to Bonn, Germany for 2nd and 3rd week, where we will be attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23). Currently, we are on campus doing lots of preparation (including, but not limited to, a COP-23 attire fashion show!) Students will be focusing on individual topics while at the COP ranging from agricultural adaption to sustainable development in India to micro-grids to environmental entrepreneurship. Prior to our departure (one week from today!!) we are researching these individual topics as well regional priorities, the history of the Convention and past climate policy. Looking ahead to the COP, some side events we are excited about are: Climate Friendly Living Schemes, Resource Efficiency, Climate Smart Agriculture, Transforming Carbon Markets, Moving Beyond Coal, Sustainable Innovation Forum and more! Every day of the block, we are quizzed on official UNFCCC terms such as National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPA), Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), anthropogenic greenhouse emissions, Executive Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT), and more. These quizzes will help us effectively understand and communicate key concepts while at the COP.

This block is an incredible opportunity not only to learn extremely pertinent policy applications of economics but also to participate in an international conference, network and travel abroad! This amazing opportunity is made possible by the Block Plan, and the dedication of CC professors, faculty and staff. Thank you to all who helped make this possible and an extra huge shout-out to our esteemed professor, Mark Smith!

Keep an eye out for updates coming to you live from Bonn, Germany!

Auf Wiedersehen,

Anna Brent ’19 and Emily Abbott ’19