Each part of the world faces specific vulnerabilities to climate change and has different opportunities to mitigate the effects and build resilience in the 21st century. With the Paris Agreement at COP 21, the global community has signaled its intent to act. Indeed, without climate action, decades of development progress are threatened, meaning that we are at a ‘make it or break it’ point in time. This course presents the most recent scientific evidence, regional impacts and climate action strategies, and some opportunities for you to take action on climate change.
This action-oriented MOOC gives you the opportunity to learn about regional climate change impacts and sector-specific strategies to increase resilience and move towards a low-carbon future. You will have the opportunity to explore these issues in depth and tailor your learning experience for one or more of the following regions:
This overview presents the main topics this course will cover.
Week 1: Climate Change in the 21st Century
This module outlines the historical observed changes in the climate system, an
overview of the projected changes in climate leading up to the end of the 21st
century, and an assessment of the potential of the INDCs submitted at COP 21 to
induce climate action. In the context of the INDC assessment, it describes the
trends of increasing loss of Arctic sea ice, melting glaciers, increased
heat waves and extreme temperatures, and drought and aridity. The module reviews
possible responses from natural systems, explaining how warming could result in
sea-level rise, heat waves and extreme temperatures, and ocean acidification.
Week 2: Sectoral and Regional Impacts
This module provides an overview of the projected climate trends and impacts on
key development sectors across each of the world’s regions. The module will
examine the likely impact of warming above pre-industrial temperatures in the
regions, through a focus on agricultural production, water resources, ecosystem
services, and coastal vulnerability for affected populations. In some regions,
these risks have the potential to reverse hard-won development gains and
potentially trap millions in poverty, illustrating the need for urgent action
Week 3: From Science to Action on Climate Change
This module provides region-specific discussions on what mitigation and adaptation actions are needed to reduce emissions while also decreasing vulnerability to climate change impacts and building climate resilience. To do this, the module will draw on key regional experts involved in the implementation of different policy instruments. As no single policy solution exists, this module shares perspectives on strategies and actions proposed in each region to help transition towards a low-emissions, climate-resilient development path.
Week 4: What You Can Do: Acting Individually to Address the Climate Challenge
The final module presents you with opportunities to act on climate change both individually, and within your community. It will discuss how day-to-day changes can have a transformative impact when brought to a global scale.
By discussing the rationale for acting now, acting together and acting differently, the module also presents examples and the expected benefits of mitigation and adaptation policies, considering both contributions to global emission reductions and local development opportunities.
› World Bank, 2012-14, Turn Down the Heat Series: Why a 4°C
World Must Be Avoided, Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for
Resilience, & Confronting the New Climate Normal
> World Bank, 2014, “New Climate Normal” Poses Severe Risks to Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
This MOOC has a week-by-week structure, with resources, activities and exercises for you to engage in during each of the four weeks of the course. Each week, you will find a variety of course material, including:
A Climate film fest –30 interactive video talks by renowned climate scientists and practitioners
Resources: Core, optional (deep dive) and fun interactives on the week’s theme
Quizzes that check your knowledge, reinforce the lesson’s material and provide immediate feedback
Assignments that will sharpen your skills of analysis, reflection and communication
Discussion forums and social media that enable collaboration with others from around the world, enriching interaction among participants
A live interactive Google Hangout on Air with international experts, who will engage in a Q&A session on climate change
As a final project, you will create a digital artifact
You can go much further than this, engaging in optional exercises, networking, discussion forums and diving deeper into our rich selection of additional resources. We also will use e-discussions, a Google Hangout and other tools to facilitate dialogue between the learners and experts.
1. How do I register for this MOOC?