From past October 25th to November 3rd, the Honor students from GEOG 2250H: Resources, Society, and the Environment experienced the innovated flipped classroom approach when they engaged in Reacting To The Past (RTTP) to simulate the events at Copenhagen, for discussions of global climate change negotiations, held at COP15 in 2009. Coincidentally, the week of the RTTP game simulation finalized while COP26 in Glasgow had started! At the post-mortem portion of the simulation, practical experiences were shared between students, the Peer-Learning Assistant (Ms. Ayah Abdelwahab), the course Teaching Assistant (Ms. Rachel Arney) and the Professor (Dr. Fausto Sarmiento).
The timing of global conversations on climate change adaptations triggered by the events of COP26 in Glasgow this year, provided a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of environmental geography in the training of future leaders dealing with sustainability, resilience, and regenerative development in the era of climate change.
Thank you to the Reacting To The Past office and the Dean Rusk Center for International Law for their collaboration to make this class exercise a very valuable addition to the geoliteracy of our Honors students!