“I could understand an issue that is not how it should be discussed within society and at the political level. I thought it was an interesting initiative that would be good to replicate in other places to continue to reach more people to generate collective awareness and allows to put on the world’s agenda the solution to the challenge of climate change.“ – Manuel María De Arrieta, participant of the workshop on climate change.

The countries of the Southern Cone are no exception to the greater frequency and intensity of extreme events due to climate change. According to the National Meteorological Service, 2017 was the warmest recorded year in the history of Argentina, both in the summer and winter, with an average annual temperature of 16.66°C. In addition to the progressive rise in temperature, variations in precipitation have resulted in more intense rains and longer periods of drought throughout the country.

Poster of the workshop, disseminated through the channels of CEVA, FECOOTRA, CECOOP, the Secretary of Extension of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Museum of the UNLP.

For the first time, the Center for Education and Cooperative Training (CECOOP) of the Federation of Cooperatives of Labor of the Argentine Republic (FECOOTRA), together with the José María Arizmendiarrieta Study Center, held a workshop focused on climate change. Following UN CC:Learn’s premise of “leaving no one behind” in its goal of disseminating knowledge on climate change, CECOOP organized the workshop so that any interested person could attend, without any registration costs for participants.

According to Guillermo Villate, the workshop was carried out within the framework of the principles of commitment to the community and to the environment, from which the CECOOP proposes to raise awareness at the community level, with regard to taking care of the environment.

Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation of the UN CC:e-Learn course. Photo: UN Environment

CECOOP based the training on the material of the UN CC:Learn Introductory e-Course on Climate Change, which provides the foundations of climate change, covering topics from climate science to governance. Over the past three years, thousands of people around the world have learned about climate change and its threats through this online course. In terms of education on climate change, this is the United Nations initiative with greatest reach, since it is a free course and is currently available in five languages.

The workshop motivated the exchange of ideas and experiences, generating debates and making the learning experience more enriching on what to do to face climate change and the activities that produce CO2. In addition to the content of the UN CC:Learn course, complementary activities were carried out with access to other documentary materials, videos and a closing Interdisciplinary Lecture on Climate Change with researchers from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the National University of La Plata Museum.

Activity among the participants during one of the workshop sessions. Photo: CECOOP

The delivery of the workshop was approached from the perspective of the city of La Plata, where the case of mitigation to climate change was exposed particularly in Argentina, through the experiences of the cooperative “Creando Conciencia”. The mission of this Cooperative is to take care of the environment through the differentiated collection of waste with final disposal of each of them according to their characteristics. It also classifies, conditions and reinserts recyclable waste.

Among the participants of the workshop was a victim of the floods that occurred in 2013. Since then, Francisca Pinto has set out to register indicators, which she seeks to transfer to a digital format in the future, so that these serve as a source of information to benefit society in the legislative, administrative and training fields.

Participants during one of the workshop sessions. Photo: CECOOP

Upon the positive experience and good reception of the workshop, CECOOP intends to continue replicating the course in different regions of the country and include other fields of study among them, for example, how to prepare cities for the context of climate change through infrastructure. They also intend to continue raising awareness among communities about climate change and generate a collective interest in this important issue that threatens the entire world.

UN CC:Learn and WMO launch a joint new e-course to enhance climate information for climate actions. Registration open!

While to date, 197 UNFCCC members have signed the Paris Agreement and 187 ratified it, thus pledging to keep the increase in global average temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, it remains a challenging endeavor.

Member states need to make choices between a range of possible actions requiring information on past, present and potential future climate conditions. Adapting to climate change requires the development of the best available scientific information about climate change trends and their societal impacts. The generation and use of climate information for planning and decision-making should be strengthened, drawing on the best available climate observations, data and science.

To ensure the best societal outcomes from climate action, information on past, present and potential future climate conditions should be systematically integrated into national adaptation policies and project planning. The relevance and adequacy of climate information for decision-making can be identified through multi-stakeholder and country-level processes, drawing on the resources of the global hydro-meteorological community and information flowing across global to local scales. Synergies must be enabled among communities that produce climate information and those who use it for climate action. While producers gather, analyze and compile climate information, users need to know what kind of information is available out there that can support adaptation planning.

The course Integrating Climate Risk Information into NAPs, developed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) comes to support communities showing how to strengthen National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) through appropriate climate information and coordinated policy action, enabling various institutions and actors to work together in a collaborative framework.

The course answers several questions:

  • Why is climate information important in adaptation planning and decision making?
  • What are the technical resources for assessing climate risks?
  • What is the role of National Hydro-meteorological Services in the NAP process?
  • How can priority climate actions be enhanced by climate scientific information?
  • What climate products and services that support NAPs are out there?

The course is designed to respond the learning needs of climate services providers (National Hydro-meteorological Services, research/academic and international organizations), and users (e.g. decision-makers, private investors, non-governmental organizations, etc.), as well as of those working at the science-policy interface for outreach or communication purposes.

The course may eventually catalyze innovation in climate services, enabling climate information users and producers to co-produce climate knowledge, sharing feedback, engaging and connecting with different actors along the climate services value chain for the development of tailored information and products for better adaptation decision making.

This course is free of charge and you can register here.

Urban areas contribute to climate change and are also negatively affected by it. This course introduces participants to the ways in which climate change adaptation and mitigation can be considered in urban planning. It also outlines examples of how cities can play a positive, transformational role in tackling it.

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  • Climate Change
  • Cities

Short course

2 hours

Welcome

This course focuses on climate change in urban areas, covering how cities are affected by climate change, how they contribute to it, as well as how they plan for it.

 

What you will learn

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe urban trends for the 21st century.
  • Describe the transformative role that cities can play in achieving green and climate resilient development.
  • Explain how urban areas are affected by, and contribute to, climate change.
  • Explain how climate change adaptation and mitigation can be considered in urban planning.
  • Identify specific adaptation and mitigation measures suitable for urban areas.

Course at a glance

This specialized module has six sections:

  1. Cities in the 21st century
  2. Effects of climate change on cities
  3. Cities as contributors to climate change
  4. Integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation in urban planning
  5. Urban climate change adaptation and mitigation in practice
  6. Overview of major initiatives related to climate change and cities

Completion requirements

Once the quiz is completed with above 70% of passing scores, you will receive a certificate of completion from UN-Habitat and UNITAR. You have three attempts to try the quiz.

 

Partners and Contributors

The module has been developed and peer-reviewed through UN CC:Learn, with technical leadership provided by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

 

UN CC:Learn participated in the first session ever dedicated to this topic during the Annual Conference of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), held from 11 to 14 September 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.

In order to raise awareness of the importance of promoting climate change learning, UN CC:Learn participated in the first session ever dedicated to this topic during the Annual Conference of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), held from 11 to 14 September 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference, which is Europe’s largest international conference on international education and is now in its 30th edition, gathered over 5,000 professionals from universities in 95 countries.

https://www.eaie.org/geneva.html

The session, titled “The way forward – universities facing and addressing climate change”, allowed participants to reflect on how to integrate climate change into higher education. As one the speakers, Ms. Cristina Rekakavas, UN CC:Learn Secretariat, emphasized that nobody can fix problems that he/she does not understand – therefore, it is essential to build knowledge and skills in order to effectively address climate change. Ms. Rekakavas then presented areas in which UN CC:Learn collaborates with national/regional learning institutions to up-scale the reach and sustainability of climate change education, including:

  • Analyzing the impact of leaning activities and how they contribute to shifting behaviors and transitioning to greener and more resilient societies;
  • Developing and disseminating learning resources on climate change, as those hosted on the UN CC:Learn e-learning platform;
  • Promoting youth exchanges on climate change;
  • Supporting the implementation of learning actions around the world.

After a first segment featuring 3 presentations, participants were invited to discuss in groups and identify concrete steps they could advance in their own institutions. By engaging with international educational networks, UN CC:Learn aims at supporting the growth of a critical mass of individuals around the world that have the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to take informed decisions and concrete actions to address climate change.

ZCO2 and UN CC:Learn partnered to raise awareness and build climate change resilience of leaders of urban communities located in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The 5 hour workshop was a productive exchange between leaders representing 5 urban communities and representatives from the local government and third sector organizations.

Versão em Português

The ZCO2 and UN CC:Learn project provided the space for an exchange of ideas aiming to align interests to transform the challenges that climate change presents to urban communities into opportunities. The 5 hour workshop started with the community leaders explaining to the 50 attendees what they had learned over the last two weeks as all leaders had obtained a certificate of completion on Introductory e-Course on Climate Change available on the UN CC:e-Learn platform.

Ms. Cristina Mendonca, from C40 took the floor to explain their work with the Mayor’s office to map local CO2 emissions, local climate risks, and integrate their mapping into the public policy agenda.

Present at the event, Mrs. Olga Martins and Mr. Paull Nemy representatives from the State’s environmental secretary, Mrs. Gabrielle Guimaraes, Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Rio for multilateral cooperation, and Mrs. Renata D’Acri manager of climate change education at the Municipal Secretary of Environment carefully listened to the voices of the dialogue, certainly seeking ways to integrate the opinions heard in the existing State and Municipal Climate Change Plans and policies.

Next, Ms. Katerina Elias-Trostmann from the World Resources Institute (WRI) explained the Urban Community Resilience Assessment project that WRI developed together with public organizations in the context of two communities in Rio. It aims to rate each community’s resilience and, more importantly, prepare communities for climate change action and inform each community about the challenges associated to climate change. The community leaders present agreed it would be a great idea to roll out the project to their communities.

The Museu do Amanha director for research, Mr. Alfredo Tolmasquim, invited all workshop participants for a free tour of the museum. The museum hosts a permanent exposition around the theme of the Anthropocene and this will surely be great value added to the leaders involved in this project and their families.

In the mid-afternoon, Mr. Andre Leal, director of ZCO2 and Mr. Marcelo de Andrade, founder of Pro Natura International, showcased examples of climate related solutions that seek to transform challenges into opportunities. ZCO2’s approach to transforming existing stocks of emission reductions into rewards for the average user and Pro Natura’s view of sustainable development within community borders are solutions that consider the bottom up approach to climate change problem solving as an effective tool.

Towards the end of the afternoon Ms. Rayne Ferretti Moraes, UN Habitat’s National Officer for Brazil presented how their work at the urban level understands and deals with national, regional and local stakeholders in driving development towards fulfilment of Agenda 2030 objectives.

Finally, it was time for the Civil Defense Climate Change Leader, Mr. Walter Fonseca to present what is done at the ground level when it comes to climate change action and climate change education in the communities of Rio. The Civil Defense organization is always first to arrive in disaster areas and performs impressive awareness raising campaigns in all communities in the city.

When UN CC:Learn representative Mr Marcio Schittini closed the session and thanked participants for their time it was clear that the room had been filled with hope from the new acquaintances that had been made as well as by the discovery that there are many similar and comprehensive activities been executed in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Most importantly the day served the purpose of building empathy between important representatives of the society that do not always have a chance to sit down to discuss common challenges.

ZCO2 and UN CC:Learn have partnered to increase awareness about climate change sensitive issues in the urban context of Rio de Janeiro’s low-income communities.

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ZCO2 and UN CC:Learn have partnered to increase awareness about climate change sensitive issues in the urban context of Rio de Janeiro’s communities.

The ZCO2/UN CC:Learn climate change education project aims to raise awareness about climate change issues and relate them to the urban context. The first stage will be to receive an online certification on the UN CC:Learn Introductory e-Course on Climate Change.

Two local non-profit organizations, Instituto Pro Natura and Instituto de Desenvolvimento e Gestão have been empowered by UN CC:Learn to work closely with the communities and enable the continuation of the project after the initial phase.

Through this initiative, up to 30 community leaders will be exposed to an online training on climate change. The ‘certified’ leaders will later participate in a face-to face workshop at the Museu do Amanhã relating the foundational information to the urban context. The certification and training will be conducted in Portuguese.

The Introductory e-Course on Climate Change Course covers “everything you need to know” about climate change, from climate science to governance, and has been designed to provide answers to basic questions about climate change. The course modules have been developed and peer reviewed through UN CC:Learn.

About ZCO2

ZCO2 is a coalition program of citizens and companies engaged in sustainable development initiatives to combat climate change. It promotes a citizen community, based on various initiatives supporting the conscious consumption, on a virtuous cycle of rewards to all society. ZCO2 uses technological solutions of Logicalis, an IT Solutions and Management Service Provider to support its digital technology.

About Pro Natura

Pro-Natura’s mission is closely aligned to the objectives of the United Nations conventions on biodiversity, climate change and combating desertification. Its efforts are focused on the social, economic and environmental problems facing rural communities in the Tropics. Pro-Natura offers viable economic alternatives to people struggling to make a living from these imperiled environments. This Pro-Natura synergy is achieved by linking the preservation and restoration of natural resources to the (re) establishment of participative local governance.

A series of blogs has been launched with the aim to feature success stories generating impact on communities and the lives of people, upon gaining knowledge and skills on climate change.

The series of blogs features success stories of people and communities that have been empowered to act on climate change through knowledge and skills development.

UN CC:Learn supports climate change training, education and public awareness-raising through collaborative efforts among of UN agencies and partners. It also supports countries in taking a strategic approach to climate change learning. These efforts are led with the main purpose of achieving results in transformational actions that will hopefully contribute to limiting temperature raise and reducing the vulnerabilities to climate change and its effects.

Since 2011, UN CC:Learn has introduced the topic of climate change to thousands of people by taking innovative digital and face-to-face learning formats on tour around the world. Through the stories posted on the blog, readers will be able to grasp this learning process and know more about how people have become aware of climate change and its effects in different fields, thanks to education.

Upon getting in touch with individuals from the UN CC:Learn network, collecting data, and following their work and initiatives, exemplary stories of leadership are part of the outcome. Each story showcases a unique learning experience and action path, as people are coming from very different contexts and backgrounds.

People can share their own stories with us by reaching out through our social media channels.

The blog can be followed here. 

The regional UN CC:Learn hub in the Dominican Republic organized a webinar on 2 March 2017 as part of the work with Member States of Central American Integration System to mobilize resources for the implementation of the Regional Action Plan on Climate Change Learning.

With support of UN CC:Learn, the eight Member States of SICA (Central American Integration System) are working together to mobilize resources for the implementation of the Regional Action Plan on Climate Change Learning. In order to initiate the development of a joint funding proposal, the regional UN CC:Learn hub in the Dominican Republic organized a webinar on 2 March 2017. Representatives from 12 ministries of education and environment joined the discussion to explore different financing and resource mobilization mechanisms for climate change education and training. The event was organized in collaboration with the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance.

Vision – National climate change learning activities are scaled-up through regional cooperation and experience-sharing.

The webinar was part of the Regional Programme to Improve Education, Training and Awareness-Raising on Climate Change in the SICA Countries, which aims to increase climate change knowledge and skills throughout Central America in ways that promote improved personal and social resilience.

The session was kicked-off by Mr. Daniel Abreu, from the National Climate Change Council of the Dominican Republic, who highlighted “the experience of developing the National Climate Change Learning Strategy in the Dominican Republic during the pilot phase of UN CC:Learn was very positive”. Thus, SICA was encouraged to bring this experience at the regional level, for the benefit of all its member countries.

UN CC:Learn Ambassador Daniel Abreu at the 2016 Partner Exchange Workshop

The Frankfurt School provided an overview to the principles of financing projects on climate change and education. The international framework and access mechanisms for climate financing were discussed. The school highlighted the importance of the project proposal preparatory phase as this will provide the gateway to investments among the global architecture of climate financing, including international funds, institutions, and contributing countries.

Focus of the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance

Participants confirmed the importance that climate change learning poses in their countries and shared some of the initiatives undertaken by the ministries of education and environment at the local level. They emphasized the need to address this matter jointly in order to strengthen their capacities as a region, but at the same time nationally. By the end of the session, country representatives reaffirmed their interest in tackling climate change learning challenges and their commitment to identify which would be the working areas for a regional project.

As a follow-up to the webinar, SICA representatives will continue collaborating on a joint project proposal during a face to face workshop to be held early April in the Dominican Republic.

Click here to learn more about the work carried out regionally and previous meeting.

About UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme.  Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).