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ACID RAIN IN EUROPE

Acid Rain in Europe, 1979-1989

by David E. Henderson and Susan K. Henderson

Your pollution is killing my fish. STOP!

Acid Rain in Europe, 1979-1989 covers the negotiation of the Long Range Transport Pollution treaty. This was the first ever international pollution control treaty and remains at the forefront of addressing European pollution. This game can be used in a variety of ways and to examine either sulfur dioxide pollution, nitrogen oxide pollution, or both. This game includes summaries of a number of relevant technical articles to support student arguments. Students must deal with the limitations of national resources as they decide how much of their limited money to spend.

This game is part of Environmental Science and International Politics, which features two Reacting games in one volume, immersing students in the complex process of negotiating international treaties to control environmental pollution. The issues are similar in all the modules; environmental justice, national sovereignty, and the inherent uncertainty of the costs and benefits of pollution control. Students also must understand the basic science of each problem and possible solutions.

ABOUT THE GAME

Details

Disciplines
Economics and Economic History; History of Medicine and Health; History of Science and Technology; International Relations; Political Science and Government; STEM; Western Civ/History; World History


Era 
20th Century; Modern History


In a Few Words
Stop Pollution


Geography 
Europe

Themes and Issues  

Environmental justice; national sovereignty; rich vs. poor countries; interconnectedness of life in the ecosystem


Player Interactions 
Factional, Competitive, Collaborative, Coalition-Building


Sample Class Titles
FY Seminar; Non-majors Science; Analytical Chemistry


Level
Published Level 5 game (what's that mean?)


Notable Roles

UN Representative Janez Stanovnik, Peter Alexander Rupert Carington (Great Britain), Ignaz Kiechle (West Germany)

Mechanics 
Money, Rolling Dice, Differentiated Voting, Formal Podium Rule, Flags of Nations


Chaos and Demand on Instructor 
This game is mildly chaotic and moderately demanding on the instructor. The major chaotic element is the reorganization of factions with each change in time between 1979, 1984, and 1987.


Primary Source Highlights
 
Three journal articles, Chester (1981), Nilssen (1980), and Rosenqvist (1978), summarized in GB with full articles available for distribution if desired.

Using the Game

Class Time  
For this game, 2 to 4 setup sessions and 2 to 6 game sessions are recommended.

There are three short games nested in the full game, with separate role sheets and Instructor's Manuals for each: 1979-1984, 1984 only, or 1987 only.


Possible Reacting Game Pairings
This game can be used on its own, or with other games. These pairings are meant to be illustrative rather than exhaustive or prescriptive. Acid Rain in Europe may pair well with:


Assignments
You can adjust the assignments based on the desired learning outcomes of your class. This game can include traditional paper/research/thesis-driven writing, science writing, and journalism. All roles are required to give formal speeches.


Class Size and Scalability
 
This game is recommended for classes with 11-40 students. The game has evolved to address the needs of instructors in both small and larger classes. As a result, there are a large number of roles, but the game can be played only with the minimum number described in the Instructor's Manual.


GAME MATERIALS

Reacting Consortium members can access all downloadable materials (including expanded and updated materials) below. You will be asked to sign in before downloading.  Basic game materials (Gamebook, Role Sheets, Instructor's Manual, and other materials) are available to any instructor through the publisher. 

Gamebook

Students need a Gamebook, which includes directions, resources, and historical content. The Environmental Science and International Politics Gamebook is published by Reacting Consortium Press. 

PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-1-4696-4029-7

EBOOK ISBN: 978-1-4696-4030-3
Available wherever books are sold.

Role Sheets and Add'l Materials

Students also need a Role Sheet, which contains biographical information, role-specific resources or assignments, and their character's secret victory objectives. 

.zip file of .pdf files.

.zip file of .pdf, .doc, .docx, .pptx, and .xlsx files.

Instructor's Manual


The Instructor's Manual includes guidance for assigning roles, presenting historical context, assignments, activities and discussion topics, and more.  

VERSION 6.0b. .docx file.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS 

David E. Henderson

David E. Henderson is Professor Emeritus at Trinity College (Connecticut). He is the author of several Reacting game modules on science, public policy, and religion.

Susan K. Henderson

Susan K. Henderson is Professor Emeritus at Quinnipiac University. She is the author of several Reacting game modules on science and public policy.

Reacting and Related Titles

QUESTIONS

Members can contact game authors directly

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