How can the shipping industry be more energy efficient?  That’s what our latest affiliated e-course aims to answer.

 

Find out today how to make operations onboard ships less energy consuming.

Most industries are looking for ways to become more energy efficient. The climate crisis has shed a light on the importance of resource efficiency, particularly regarding energy consumption, as means of minimizing industries’ contributions to climate change and environmental degradation. Against this backdrop, UN CC:Learn has recently affiliated the new “Energy Saving at Sea” e-course, developed by the Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (Low Carbon GIA), an initiative of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The newly affiliated e-course takes an average of 2 hours to be completed and covers detailed practical measures that can be taken onboard ships to save energy in their day-to-day operations. It builds on the “Introductory Course on Energy Efficient Ship Operation” e-course, which was affiliated in 2021.

The course consists of two modules, each with nine lessons and a quiz at the end. The first module focuses on how energy can be saved by a ship’s engine department and the second one walks users through what a ship’s deck department can do to reduce energy consumption and, as a result, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Who should take this course?

“Energy Saving at Sea” is open to everyone, but it will of particular interest to:

  • Seafarers interested in understanding how international regulations to address emissions can impact their daily tasks
  • Seafarers interested in practical measures to reduce fuel consumption and increase energy efficiency on board
  • Personnel in shipping companies and ports interested to learn more on practical measures for ship energy efficiency and how to support their implementation

What will you learn?

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

  • Identify which aspects of ship handling, ship operations and engine room operations can have an impact on energy saving;
  • Describe how ship’s fuel consumption can be reduced;
  • Outline the different measures that can improve ship energy efficiency; and
  • Discuss how practical measures could be implemented on board your ship.

Certification

As previously mentioned, each module has a short quiz at the end to assess whether users have achieved the proposed learning objectives. To successfully complete the course and gain a Certificate of Completion, participants must obtain a passing grade of 70% or above in both assessment quizzes (3 attempts are allowed for each quiz).

Take the course today!

The UN CC:Learn Affiliation Programme

The course is made available on UN CC:e-Learn through the new UN CC:Learn affiliation programme, which highlights high-quality e-learning products on climate change developed by recognised institutions outside the framework of the UN CC:Learn programme / without support from the UN CC:Learn Secretariat, in accordance with specific affiliation criteria. The objective of the UN CC:Learn affiliation programme is to enhance global climate literacy through dissemination of high-level learning products that complement UN CC:Learn resources. 

UN CC:Learn promoted climate change education during COP27.

 

As in previous editions, the programme collaborated with several partners to deliver the flagship Climate Classroom initiative.

 

Read on to find out more!

During the 27th Conferences of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 06 November to 18 November 2022, UN CC:Learn organised another edition of the Climate Classroom, the series of 45-minute lessons which have become the programme’s flagship initiative during COP.

Following the successful format of 2021, most classes were held online and open to the broad public. In total, 20 classes were held fully online, one was delivered in-person at COP27 and another one was organized in a hybrid setting. This year’s edition of the Climate Classroom covered a broad range of topics – from climate change and human rights to e-waste – and received a high number of registrations, with over 28,000 registrations received for the 22 classes, a new record for the initiative. 

Class on Climate Change and Health at the WHO Health Pavilion at COP27.

The preparation and delivery of the Climate Classroom relies on the engagement of all partners involved and, thanks to them, the Climate Classroom’s format has grown to become a well-established and successful one. The classes during COP27 were organized in partnership with UN partners, such as FAO, ILO, ITU, UN Women, UNEP, UNITAR, WHO and WMO, and other institutions and organizations, like FFI, CYNP, MEECE, WRI and YOUNGO. With content carefully developed by our partners’ experts, the classes kept over 5,000 people, among delegates and the general public, up-to-speed on climate change issues.

In addition to the Climate Classroom, UN CC:Learn also attended a series of the several side-events being supported by UNITAR in Egypt. 

PAGE side-event at COP27 supported by UNITAR.

As in previous years, UN CC:Learn made all the information on its activities at COP available on a dedicated page, which also included a link to the program’s library full of UN resources.

What role could regeneration play in tackling the climate crisis? That’s what the latest TEDxGeneva event, which was supported by UN CC:Learn, aimed to answer.

 

Read on to find out the great ideas brought forward at the event.

The word regeneration has environmental, social, economic, and even psychological connotations. All of which imply a rupture of an old way of thinking and its replacement with another one. And what if regeneration was the answer to biggest crisis of our time? This is what the November edition of TEDxGeneva aimed to answer through TEDx Talks on how regeneration and its multiple facets could play a role in ramping up action on climate change.

For the second consecutive year UN CC:Learn partnered up with TEDxGeneva to deliver TEDx Talks on key climate change topics. This year’s edition took place on 20 November 2022 at the HEG Genève, in Geneva, Switzerland, and zoomed into regeneration as means to address the ongoing climate crisis. It brought together 214 people to watch seven TEDx Talks – six in French and one in English – and two concerts.

The Talks ranged from civil disobedience to entrepreneurship but, despite this multiplicity of sub-themes within the regeneration topic, all of which had a core message: regeneration means not only adapting to changes but also confronting them.

The event kicked-off with Marie-Elodie Perga delivering a tale of how collective action on environmental issues can help regenerate ecosystems. Then, Pierre Guanzini took to the stage to trace a parallel between actions taken in the 18th and 19th centuries and how the current generations could be inspired to follow into the older generations’ footsteps. The third speaker was Judith Eeckman, who put water as key to having healthy soils through a process she describes as “regenerative hydrology”.

After Judith, it was Sara Gnoni’s turn to bring to the public her experience as a climate activist and elected official in Switzerland in delivering on positive environmental results to her community. The fifth speaker was Julie de Saint Blanquat, who showcased her organization “États Sauvages”, which foments forest regeneration by acquiring forest land in France and letting nature run its course without human interference. After Julie, Quentin Kany told the public about his entrepreneurial experience in launching Wepot, a sustainable irrigation method based on ancient knowledge. Lastly, Diane Delava spoke about her experience in driving sustainable investment, particularly among pension funds, in Belgium.

Quentin Kany presenting at TEDx Geneva Regeneration.

The musician Kaya and the duo Djinbala brought music to the event by performing live some of their authorial songs. After the event, guests were invited to attend a post-event reception at HEG Genève itself, where they met and interacted with the speakers, and got an opportunity to network with the rest of the audience.

The November edition of TEDxGeneva was supported by UN CC:Learn, the French Permanent Mission to Geneva, HEG Genève and Marriot Hotel Geneva.

Watch the official event teaser below.

National ACE Focal Points got together to exchange views, ideas and experiences at the ACE Academy organised as part of the UNFCCC’s ACE Hub activities.

 

UN CC:Learn was present to share its experience with the development of National Climate Change Learning Strategies.

 

Read on to find out more!

On 18 – 20 October 2022, UN CC:Learn participated in the Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Focal Points Academy, which was organized as part of the UNFCCC’s ACE Hub activities. The Academy aimed to provide a platform for exchange of good practices, views and lessons learned to National ACE Focal Points by covering three main topics: context setting, ACE national strategies and youth engagement.

On day 2, Mr. Angus Mackay, Director of the Division for Planet at UNITAR and Head of the UN CC:Learn Secretariat, delivered an interactive session about the topic of ensuring visibility of ACE Strategies. He drew examples from his successful experience in supporting countries to develop National Climate Change Learning Strategies (NCCLS) under the UN CC:Learn programme, particularly in Benin, Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, and Ghana.

Mr. Mackay walked participants through UN CC:Learn’s 7-step process to prepare a NCCLS but put an emphasis on the need of having alignment with key national policies – such as the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – political support to implement the strategy, and star power, which consists of harnessing support of prominent or famous figures at country level, to ensure good visibility to any climate change learning or ACE strategies.

In Ghana, there was a green march through the city centre and a symposium for youth at the National Theatre, and celebrities includingmusicians and football stars taking part (…) And of course this drew the crowds and led to a media effect. Priceless …” – Angus Mackay, UNITAR

After the presentation, all National Focal Points were split into groups and asked to work together to come up with their own ideas to raise visibility of their ACE strategies.

Check Mr. Mackay’s presentation below.

Doddy S. Sukadri, a UN CC: Learn Ambassador and Executive Director of the Yayasan Mitra Hijau organization, analyses the international context in the lead-up to COP27 and what we can expect from the upcoming climate change negotiations. 

Thousands of climate negotiators representing nearly two hundred countries in the world meet every year at a climate change summit called Committee of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The meeting also attracted tens of thousands of activists, observers, businessmen and media, making it the largest in the world compared to any other gathering under the auspices of the United Nations. The COP meeting is a means by which the global community coordinates actions to reduce greenhouse gases emission that fuel global warming and cause climate change on the planet.

Controlling Ambition Amid Depression

COP-27 is scheduled to be held from 7 to 18 November 2022 in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh, and Egypt will host the summit. The tough challenge this time is to ensure that there are no setbacks in commitments compared to the previous year in Glasgow as many countries in the world are currently grappling with food shortages, energy crises and high inflation due to the Russia vs Ukraine war.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry who was appointed the president of COP27 reminded us that this COP will be held in a difficult geo-political situation, with the world being concerned about energy and food challenges. Thus, this condition will have an impact on the level of ambition and can cause disruption to climate change priorities. As the first African country to host a COP meeting in the last six years, he also wants to focus on how developing countries can obtain funds to adapt to climate change and to finance a green energy transition. Sameh Shoukry went on to say that the main focus of COP-27 was to step up emission reduction ambitions and affirmed no backsliding on commitments and promises made at the previous summit.

Last year’s COP-26 in Glasgow was the first event to take place after the coronavirus pandemic, and was attended by 40,000 participants and 120 world leaders. It is hoped that this year’s participants will not be less than last year. The main goal of the COP is to limit the current increase in global average temperature to an increase of about 2.7°C or more by the end of the century compared to the pre-industrial average earth temperature. Whereas the maximum temperature increase is 20C and ideally close to 1.50C to avoid a bigger and life-threatening climate catastrophe as we know it today.

Unfavorable Geopolitical Situation

The global struggle to tackle climate change is rubbing against the race for fossil fuels as Europe tries to move away from Russia’s use of oil, gas and coal. This has caused the price of natural gas to soar and then to coal. Whereas coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel and threatens the efforts currently being promoted, namely green economic development, decarbonization and the use of renewable energy.

Falling renewable energy costs should lead to large investments into cleaner forms of energy, but the current geopolitical situation suggests the switch to renewables will take longer than the global community anticipates. The crux of the matter is how developing countries can implement this transition while ensuring their economic growth is not affected.

In Glasgow last year, poor countries suffering the greater impacts of climate change argued that they should not miss the opportunity to exploit their oil and gas reserves. Since then, they have stressed that the priority of this year’s meeting is to make rich countries pay more to help them in transition to clean renewable energy.

Europe’s rush to buy African natural gas, while lagging behind green infrastructure funding and gas pipelines and power generation makes countries like Angola, Nigeria or Senegal are hooked on dirtier fossil fuels and delay access to electricity for hundreds of millions of people.

The latest estimates for financing developing country climate goals are USD 6 trillion by 2030. Under the Paris agreement, developed countries agreed to provide about USD 100 billion per year by 2020. But to date they have failed to meet the promise. Especially in the midst of the current food and energy crisis.

Developing countries wanted to talks about finance not only limited to funding for mitigation and adaptation to a warming planet. They also want a discussion about what is known in the jargon of climate diplomacy as “loss and damage” due to climate disasters. That means developed countries, which are largely responsible for climate change, need to compensate for some of the damage suffered by poor and vulnerable countries to climate disasters.

What can be done?

An important role of the climate change negotiators who will convene in Egypt next month is to encourage and mobilize climate change mitigation and adaptation actions. Sameh Shoukry’s role as the President of COP-27 is to lead and encourage dialogue to produce more meaningful progress at this COP. Interaction between governments and non-governmental actors (NGOs, academics, practitioners) around the world is essential to ensure their participation in achieving the goal of net zero emissions by the middle of this century.

The transition from the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy must be ensured to continue. Green policies such as electric vehicles, carbon taxes, etc. need to be continuously encouraged, and the government seems to need to be an example. In this case, the government needs to provide an example of an environmentally friendly supply chain, for example by reducing mobility and official travel and increasing working hours at home. Things like this are likely to help reduce emissions and help with climate solutions. Hopefully!

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This article reflects the personal view of Mr Doddy Sukadri, UN CC:Learn Ambassador and Executive Director of Yayasan Mitra Hijau (Green Partner Foundation).

The Climate Change Negotiations and Health e-course has been updated ahead of COP27. The course unpacks the interlinkages between climate change and health and aims to answer important questions, such as the current state of climate change negotiations at the international level with regards to health, and how climate change is impacting human health.

Human-driven climate change is expected to cause 250,000 additional deaths per year from 2030 to 2050, as well as billions of extra costs to countries throughout the globe. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the important interlinkages between human health and the state of our environment and economies. As societies expand and develop, addressing human health and climate change as two intertwined topics has never been so important.

In light of these challenges and aiming at supporting delegates participating in the upcoming UN climate change negotiations (COP27), the Change Negotiations and Health e-course, jointly developed by UN CC:Learn, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the World Health Organization (WHO) and Climate Tracker has been updated.

The newly updated e-course is entirely self-paced, has 6 lessons and takes an average of 3 hours to be completed. It unveils the interlinkages between climate change and health and sheds light on how international treaties on climate change address health issue. Additionally, complementary online sessions will be organized for selected participants.

Upon completion of the course, users will be able to:

  • Explain how climate change affects health.
  • Recognize the international climate change policy framework.
  • Identify the Parties and groups of Parties to the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement, including their respective commitments and negotiation positions.
  • Describe the outcomes of past negotiation sessions.
  • Discuss the key issues in the ongoing international climate change negotiations, particularly in relation to the promotion of health priorities and the integration of health in all policies.

The course is open to anybody interested. However, it should be of particular interest to the following audiences:

  1. Health sector professionals participating in international climate change negotiations and in national climate change-related processes;
  2. Environmental sector professionals participating in international and national climate change processes as well as climate change negotiators;
  3. Other interested government officials and practitioners;
  4. Academics and university students;
  5. Other individuals interested in learning about the promotion of health priorities in the context of climate change and climate change negotiations.

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, which means scoring 70% or more in the final quiz within 3 attempts, users will get an official UN CC:Learn certificate.

Take the course here.

Our newly launched “Circular Economy in South Africa” e-course lays out this concept for you while providing examples of how it could bring economic progress to South Africa.

Read on to find out more about the course!

Everyone is talking about shifting to more sustainable models of production and consumption, but what does it actually mean? This question is complex and encompasses several aspects of people’s lives but there may be an answer to solve it all: a shift towards a circular economy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation defines circular economy as “one that is restorative and regenerative by design and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles.”

To shed light on this issue and help unpack this concept, UN CC:Learn has recently launched the Circular Economy for the Waste Sector in South Africa. The three-module course takes an average of two hours to be completed. The course has been developed in collaboration with  United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with support from the South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment (DFFE), under the framework of the EU-funded Switch Africa Green Programme. Among other things, you will learn to:

  • Explain what a circular economy is, its main principles, objectives, and benefits
  • Identify key issues and economic opportunities in the South African waste sector
  • Describe applications of circularity in the waste sector
  • Describe the current waste management policy framework
  • Identify concrete approaches that can support the circularity transition in South Africa

The course is filled with real-life examples of how circular economy principles can be applied to different businesses. For instance, learners will find out about companies helping push circularity across different industries, like Blueland, a company providing zero-waste, sustainable cleaning tablets, and Buy Me Once, which offers lifetime guarantees to consumers, giving them the opportunity to fix their products instead of having to change them.

The course considers the challenges and opportunities for applying best practices in circularity to the waste sector in South Africa. Even in the challenging country and regional context , circular economy nonetheless provides a pathway for delivering economic growth and job creation while improving people’s health and protecting the environment.

Start learning today!

UN CC:Learn has launched two different series of alumni engagement events.

 

Read on to learn more about them and to see which one interests you the most!

UN CC:Learn’s alumni network has grown considerably in the past years, reaching over 600,000 people with more 215,000 certificates issued from UN CC:e-Learn by September 2022. These learners from all over the world come to the e-learning platform to learn more about climate change and green economy and to get empowered to take climate change action and be drivers of change in their communities, work, or households.

But what happens when they finish a course?

To answer this question, UN CC:Learn has recently launched the Fireside Chats and the Masterclasses – two new series of online alumni engagement events – which aim to strengthen their learning while providing a platform for them to meet and interact with course experts, thought leaders and other alumni. Each series targets different audiences and has their own visual identity. However, to attend any of them you must have successfully completed one of the more than 40 e-courses on the e-learning platform.

The Fireside Chats are short and informal exchanges with engaging thought leaders and experts followed by Q&A with the alumni. This series provides direct access to the personal/professional insights of UN and other thought leaders/experts on key climate change topics. To date, UN CC:Learn has held two editions:

  • Fireside Chat on Why We Need to Talk about Gender in a Changing Climate, open to everyone who completed one of the gender-related e-courses.
  • Fireside Chat on the International Day of Awareness of Food Waste and Loss, open to everyone who completed one of the food-related e-courses, namely the Food Waste Prevention and the Sustainable Diet e-courses.

The Masterclasses are interactive workshops that aim to enhance participants’ skills so they can put into practice the knowledge acquired through the courses with guidance from high-level instructors and through learning by doing. They feature keynote speeches, experience sharing, peer learning and joint problem solving. To date, one Masterclass was held on the topic of Becoming a Climate Champion, which featured Amy Meek, who participated in last year’s TEDx The Tide Is Rising, and four 2020 UN CC:Learn Champions: Asha Alexander, Camile Clarke, Hassan Yasin and Supun Lahiru.

UN CC:Learn will periodically organize both types of events so stay tuned not to miss out on this opportunity to strengthen your learning and meet other alumni.

Teal the new affiliated resource by UN CC:Learn providing free, easily accessible and visually appealing data on carbon emissions and other climate variables.

 

Read on to learn more about it.

Why is climate change data important? According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), “decision-makers need accessible, credible and relevant climate information to increase resilience to the more intense and frequent weather extremes” brought about by climate change. In other words, climate change data is crucial for shaping policy, actions and raising awareness of climate change.

Towards making climate information and data available to all, UN CC:Learn has recently affiliated the Teal Tool to help everyone make sense of data on carbon emissions and other climate variables, such as air temperature, precipitation levels, wind speed and solar radiation. Teal is a free tool that enables you to explore this data visually and interactively from 1950 to near real time. It’s been developed by World Energy and Meteorology Council, with support from Climate Change Service and SECLI-FIRM, and is powered by Copernicus.

Teal’s smooth user experience makes it a user-friendly tool to everyone without prior knowledge or technical expertise on climate change.  A few of Teal’s benefits are:

  • It helps policymakers, experts, researchers, or enthusiasts to plan short- and long-term scenarios.
  • It helps to raise awareness about climate change by providing key, clean and visually appealing data in the form of infographics.
  • It supports everyone in managerial roles in taking the best and most climate-friendly decisions.

With Teal, in just few clicks you can visualize and download the data, as well as graphs, that can be used to inform your decisions, presentations and more. Follow the steps below or check this video to facilitate your navigation through Teal’s resources:

  1. Select a variable from the coloured icons at the top of the page;
  2. Hover over the desired country to get the data related to it;
  3. By clicking on a country, you’ll get graphs showing how the selected data evolved over time
  4. Add filters by clicking on the two icons on the left-hand side of the page to explore additional data features.

Tip! –  Click on the map to rotate the globe.

Explore the Teal Tool.

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The Climate Quiz is the new UN CC:Learn tool that helps you assess your climate change knowledge.

 

Want to know whether you know enough about climate change to start stepping up your efforts? Read on to find out more!

How much do you know about climate change? The answer to this question underpins the actions individuals can take to face up to challenges posed by the climate crisis. Your climate change knowledge defines the extent to which you can, knowingly or not, act on this global problem. So, how can you find out this answer? It’s simple and we’ve got it ready for you: our new Climate Quiz which assesses your “climate IQ”.

The newly launched Climate Quiz is the new free tool made available by UN CC:Learn for everyone, from beginners to experts, to test their climate change knowledge. The concept behind the quiz is straightforward: to give you an overview of what you know about climate change and identify knowledge gaps. By filling these gaps with tailored learning, you’ll increase your knowledge about climate change and as a result, this will put you on the right track to consolidate your climate change expertise and scale up climate action.

Also, we know that there are many resources on climate change available out there but is not always easy to define how to start learning about this global threat. The quiz will provide you with a learning route with up-to-date and trustworthy resources to increase your confidence to advocate for climate change.

Upon completion of the 20-question questionnaire, you will get an immediate individualized score with a graphic showcasing your results as well as a list of recommendations on what to do next. The quiz can be taken by anyone of any age and background. Do you want to find out if you are a champion or an influencer? Take the quiz and find it out!

Take the Climate Quiz for free today in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese, and share it with your friends!