Position Papers are due on February 5th to be considered for the Best Position Paper Award, and February 12th to be considered for any committee award. Submit them via Huxley.
UN Environmental Programme (UNEP)
Head Chair | Emily Yan
Vice-Chairs | Michael Eliot, Sarah Xu, Dylan Alcantara
Topic 1 | Ocean Acidification
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In the last century, our planet has been faced with many environmental problems, with the rise of industrial activity and the use of fossil fuels. While many people know about buzzword issues such as global warming, rising sea levels, climate change, and many more, ocean acidification is one issue that hasn’t been quite as popular with the media, which is why we will be discussing this topic. During committee, we will be discussing the environmental, social, and economic implications of ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is often known as the “other CO2 problem,” as it is also the result of rising CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. Rising acidity levels in the ocean have harsh impacts on not only the aquatic organisms, but also those who rely on the ocean for resources, including humans! Delegates will learn about the science behind ocean acidification as well as the international politics that come into play when discussing an open resource.
Topic 2 | Increasing Access to Renewable Energy in Developing Countries
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With the Industrial Revolution at the start of the 19th century came the boom in power generation and energy demands, fueled by fossil fuels. While huge technological advancements were made from then on, CO2 emissions also rose as a result of new convenient sources of fuel: oil, coal, and other carbon-rich fuel sources. The use of fossil fuels has been the major cause of global warming, climate change, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, and many more issues that devastate our planet today. However, in the last century, there’s been a shift in energy trends from non-renewable fossil fuels to renewable energy sources like wind, solar, water, and geothermal. However, these new technologies aren’t easily accessible to all countries due to lack of infrastructure, funds, political support, and knowledge about the technologies. In our committee, delegates will be working together to create solutions to ease the transition to renewable energy for developing countries, whether that be financially, politically, or socially.