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Return to the Isle of Ted: Simulating the Collective Action Problem of Climate Change

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revised on 2024-05-28, 04:58 and posted on 2024-05-28, 05:03 authored by Jocelyn Sage Mitchell

This article modifies the classic “Isle of Ted” simulation to teach students about the collective action problems associated with climate change. Modifications include the introduction of a common-pool resource (i.e., fish) and increased pirate attacks to model rising climate threats and unequal distribution of risk. A return to the Isle of Ted enables a deeper engagement with specific collective action problems of climate change, including the tragedy of the commons and issues of global inequality. This article provides a road map for the incorporation of this modified simulation into active-learning classrooms.

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Published in: PS: Political Science & Politics
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  • English


Cambridge University Press

Publication Year

  • 2020

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This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Institution affiliated with

  • Northwestern University in Qatar