University of Cape Town
Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries
University of Cape Town

Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Harald Winkler

Instructor: Harald Winkler

4.7

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Intermediate level
Some related experience required
17 hours to complete
3 weeks at 5 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Considering how one might lift societies out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Insights into the complexity of how countries from the South pursue development goals while addressing climate mitigation.

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There are 6 modules in this course

Climate change and development both involve many complex problems. Each are 'wicked' problems, meaning they defy easy solutions. Tackling both development and climate change together is a 'super-wicked' problem. But we must start by taking a first step to responding to this 'super-wicked' problem. To do this we’ll share our experiments drawing particularly on the MAPS community, which includes Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa.

What's included

6 videos4 readings1 quiz1 peer review2 discussion prompts

Our approach to mitigation and development is essentially a process that spurs change within a system. The premise is that change happens through co-production of knowledge, which in turn encourages action by actors in a system. We ask the questions: what is the best way to start such an intervention? What could the intervention look like? What are the options for the process design? This week we review the role a Scenario Building Team has to play in supporting knowledge generation.

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8 videos1 reading2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

Knowledge generated through research can effect change. We describe the models and tools that are available to support the generation of this knowledge. Apart from knowledge related to greenhouse gas mitigation and the costs thereof, we are interested in the positive and negative developmental impacts of moving to a low carbon economy. Emissions and costs are relatively easy to quantify but developmental impacts are less easily quantified. This week, we explore how this challenge can be addressed.

What's included

8 videos1 reading1 quiz1 peer review2 discussion prompts

What happens when your best efforts are not good enough? We will look at the ‘gaps’ between where we would like to be and where we are.The direction emission trends are headed is a function of everything put into the model (such as population, growth and GDP, and technology). Yet what is required by science is driven by considerations such as how we need to reduce emissions to keep temperature rises below two degrees. This week, in exploring some of the potential reasons for this gap we consider technical reasons and other pushbacks, like vested-interests, political or inherent human behaviour.

What's included

9 videos2 readings2 quizzes2 discussion prompts

There are limitations within our existing toolsets and ways of thinking how we might address the mitigation gap. We need to look more closely at the interface of economic and development pathways and to question the way in which climate change mitigation professionals are approaching this huge and complex climate and development problem. Responses to these challenges include linking of economic and mitigation model to better understand the interconnectedness of mitigation policies and economic development, and involves out-of-the-box thinking when imagining climate and development solutions of the future. This week we hope to inspire innovations and responses to challenges in the climate mitigation and development community.

What's included

8 videos3 readings1 quiz1 peer review2 discussion prompts

This is the final module and it tells the story of how we have moved to the end of the scenario building process, and what the impacts of this approach are. This week we speak of two bridges: the bridge between knowledge and domestic policy, and domestic policy and international contributions.

What's included

11 videos3 readings2 quizzes1 peer review2 discussion prompts

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4.7 (140 ratings)
Harald Winkler
University of Cape Town
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