Chapter 12: The Environment and International Relations

Action:

Multilateral
You will direct your state department and UN delegates to push for a comprehensive multilateral solution to climate change. Given the wide range of international actors and interests, this approach will have a lower likelihood of success but will have greater potential returns.

Outcome:

You have decided to use the United Nations to engage the broader international community. This means you will have to balance a multiplicity of interests in crafting an agreement. In particular, developing countries such as India and China believe they should have the right to develop without the economic constraints of renewable energy solutions because developed countries such as the US and Japan had that right in their respective developments. That being said, developing countries are projected to become major contributors of carbon emissions in the future. Any long-term solution will require developing countries to curb emissions as well. Would you like to craft an agreement with just the developed countries or all countries?

Which countries will you engage with?



All countriesIt will be harder to reconcile all the differences between developing and developed countries, but if successful, this approach will be the most productive.
Developed countries onlyIt will be easier to come to an agreement with developed countries only, but the developing world will massively contribute to climate change in the long run if left unaccounted for.