Importance of this Unit to the Course
Some activities of developed societies are managed collectively since individuals are unable or unwilling to manage them without some organization (e.g., fire and police protection, care of elderly or indigent). Climate change problems are generated primarily by human choices which we may or may not be willing or able to change. In this unit we explore the role of public policy in promoting global change action on behalf of the public good.
Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)
Discussion (online /
face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)
A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:
The Montreal Protocol to eliminate ozone-depleting substances was an example of a very successful international agreement to promote the global good. Why did this policy work but the Kyoto Protocol on limiting greenhouse gases not work? What can we predict about future protocols on deforestation or biodiversity?