Parliaments and Climate Change E-learning Course

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World Bank Institute, August 01-26, 2011

This course encourages participants to examine the impacts of climate change on social and environmental development and the correlation to national economies in the long term. In this course you will:

  • Obtain an overview of the science of climate change through such concepts as greenhouse gasses;
  • Better understand climate systems;
  • Learn how to encourage more responsible environmental behavior through fossil fuel, forestry and agricultural activities;
  • Discuss what actions can be taken to minimize the harm and maximize the benefits within a community, country or region while also decreasing the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere;
  • Discuss climate change in the international political arena and the role for parliamentary institutions in reducing the impact and effect of climate change.

Organizations such as the World Bank, bi-lateral agencies, civil society groups, and indeed parliamentary organizations have acknowledged the significance of climate change and are taking active steps towards educating the parliamentary community on the nature, impact and opportunities for effective policy change. Recognizing that a major challenge on moving forward to educate constituents, support local legislation, and internationally reduce greenhouse gas emissions is access to knowledge, this introductory course seeks to provide an examination of the impacts of climate change on social and environmental development and their direct correlation to the economic sustainability of a nation in the long-term. The Parliaments and Climate Change module covers the foundation of the science of climate change by introducing the concept of greenhouse gasses, improving the understanding of climate systems and encouraging more responsible environmental behavior through fossil fuel, forestry and agricultural activities. Learners will discuss what actions can feasibly be taken to minimize the harm and maximize the benefits within a community, country or region while also decreasing the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Finally, the module will discuss climate change in the international political arena and the role for parliamentary institutions in reducing the impact and effect of climate change.

Because the course is self-paced, participants may participate at any time during the week that is convenient to them, and completed final projects will be graded at the end of the course.

To register for the Parliaments and Climate Change Course, please visit the registration page here.

http://apps.parliamentarystrengthening.org/webform/?event=form.show&formId=813&key=81BAC95E5D

Parliament and Climate Change Learning Module

The course moderator for this course is TBD.

The course facilitator/ event administrator is Brooke Prater.

The Parliaments and Climate Change course will consist of four weeks of moderated learning. There is no charge for this course, but participants are expected to commit up to 8 hours per week to the course, including reading materials, participating in web-based discussions and completing an assignment (which can be done in groups).

For more information, please contact Brooke Prater at
parliamentarystrengthening@gmail.com
or register online here.

This news can also be viewed at:

http://wbi.worldbank.org/

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