To help IUCN staff answer questions about climate change, IUCN is launching the Professional Updating Initiative on Climate Change Policy. CEC members Jack Byrne, Frits Hesselink and Andy Alm have contributed to content and online hosting.
IUCN staff are increasingly called upon to answer questions about IUCN’s position on climate change. The strong international focus of IUCN’s climate policy work is shifting, and the Union now aims to have a stronger national and regional focus. This course is designed to support staff in their discussions with colleagues, IUCN members and governments. The pilot version will offer modules on four topics:
- climate science
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- IUCN’s position
- national policy
The first module is now online, with a video introduction by Ninni Ikkala, IUCN Climate Change Coordinator.
How it works
The modules are designed for self-paced study and will generally require less than two hours to complete. Tests enable participants to track and assess their learning. A variety of resources will be available on the e-Learning website.
Several elements support the courses. Each module will be preceded by a teleconference. Prior to each teleconference, e-mail alerts will point participants to key documents. Related video clips will be posted for viewing at any time. There is also a forum where participants can post questions, exchange experiences and interact. Ultimately, the teleconferences and the forum will be developed into an interactive learning community where professionals engaged in advocating IUCN’s position climate change can exchange knowledge and experience in support of their policy work.
The role of CEC
“This e-Learning course is an example of CEC input to the IUCN Programme,” says Keith Wheeler, Chair of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC). One of the first steps in the process of developing the course was a survey sent to 50 staff members in IUCN offices worldwide. The results identified the needs for professional updating, topic areas and options for delivery. The survey was conducted by Jack Byrne, CEC Specialty Group Leader; Frits Hesselink, CEC Special Advisor; and Andy Alm, CEC Specialty Group Leader, with Ninni Ikkala and Claire Parker of IUCN.
About the first module
The Climate Science e-Learning Module has six lessons. After completing it you will be able to:
- Describe some key signs that unprecedented climate change is happening now and their scientific sources – Lesson 1
- Succinctly describe the greenhouse gas effect – Lesson 2
- List the main human activities that are causing climate change – Lesson 3
- Describe the major impacts of climate change on humans and the environment - Lesson 4
- Discuss how climate change can be mitigated at different levels: international, national, local and individual – Lesson 5
- Explain the concept of adaptation and articulate some ways to achieve it – Lesson 6
View the Introductory video for Module 1 Climate Science >>