Topic: The Economic Impact of Climate Change on Trade
The climate crisis, driven by carbon pollution, poses an imminent threat to international trade due to the effects of devastating extreme weather patterns, changes in major industry trends, and adjustments in export capabilities for nations with a rapidly changing climate. It has been proven that within the last 50 years, rising global temperatures have been caused by anthropogenic activities that may be combated. Around the world, agricultural industries struggle against profit losses from extreme drought, flooding, storming, and more, that not only leave people hungry but also financially crippled. As more research is conducted on the effects of the climate crisis and its implications on the world, more solutions are being implemented to mitigate impending global challenges. Some of these solutions include switching to sustainable materials to reduce things like plastic, introducing renewable energy sources, and reducing harmful practices such as, fracking, oil drilling, consuming wasteful amounts of energy, etc. While these changes are healthy for the environment, there is resistance behind implementing them due to the financial implications they may put on the trade industry. The purpose of these changes may be positive for the global community but providing the financial planning and incentives to make them happen is essential to progress.
As the effects of climate change have become harder to ignore, countries and corporations need to decide whether achieving their economic goals is worth the environmental cost. Realistically, industrialization and trade efforts will not solely be favorable or unfavorable to the environment. In the grand scheme of things, some practices will help, and some will hurt different ecosystems. The job of economists and international leaders is to determine how to balance trade efforts with environmental concerns to produce a sustainable global economy that will carry society through impending environmental challenges.
Letter From the Chair
My name is Cameron Bracey and I am a current
sophomore at the University of Miami double majoring
in Ecosystem Science & Policy and Marketing. I was
born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and carry a lot of
West Coast pride. Growing up in Las Vegas, I developed
a love for hiking and the outdoors by exploring nearby
national parks, specifically Red Rock Canyon and
National Park, which was only 15 minutes from my
I chose this committee due to the fact that the
environmental crisis is being seen at the forefront of
global media more and more frequently. Addressing
the climate crisis is essential for the future of society as
resources begin to deplete, ecosystems are destroyed,
and climate refugees become more common. These issues all drastically impact foreign affairs and the stability of international trade. As I’ve studied Ecosystem Science and
Policy at the U, these issues have become impossible for me to ignore. It’s my hope that this committee helps expose you all to the depth and intricacy of the climate crisis and ways in which global politics control whether our response as global citizens will have to be either proactive or reactive.
I look forward to reading clear and comprehensive solutions on this topic that address all perspectives on the facts available. I also hope to see delegations following closely with their country policy to generate a debate that reflects the true complexity of this issue on an international scale. I am happy to answer any questions regarding the committee or background guide and look forward to hearing the solutions you all come up with. I can’t
wait to meet you all in April!