Overview: The module of Climate Smart Governance is an inclusive package working on different dimensions of environment. It deals with the basic concepts of Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable development and their linkages which helps in building insights for the subject as a whole.
Course Description: In the current scenario, environment is not merely an issue it is a dimension in itself .The various dimensions of Environment and related issues are linked with each other and there is no water tight compartmentalization in the same. The course aims to improve the understanding of cause and effect relationships to offer options to help reduce risks and vulnerabilities and increase resilience. It explores the threats entailing Climate Change, environmental degradation, Solid waste Management, pose to human and the like. The module supports policy and decision makers with authoritative research and information .As administrators in the present century have access to large amount of information, a major issue is how to approach the subject in a synchronized manner so as to make the best use of the available information to make better and informed decisions, this course would facilitate the informed decision making abilities of the policy makers.
UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE COURSE
The course is unique as it offers debates, discussions and brainstorming on real time issues. In the current situation, issues such as COVID -19 and other pandemics with their relation to Climate Change and future projections would be discussed. The other facets related to different tangents of Environment and Climate Change are also mainstreamed that makes the course very novel and unique.
Issues/ topics discussed Basics of Climate Change: Science behind the stories ,Impacts of Climate Change ,International Agreements: Climate Change ,Adaptations of Climate Change ,Sikkim : Climate Change Case Study, Climate change and pandemic, Solid waste and its management ,Sustainable Development Goals ,Sectoral Analysis Climate Change :Sector Specific Analysis and Global and national environmental issues
How is the course /Stream Structured
The course is structured as a module. It is half credit compulsory course with ten sessions. The pedagogy is a mix of videos, games, case studies
Academic requirements to be completed in the Course /stream
The participant would be evaluated on the basis of a term Paper. The Term Paper shall be given by the course director with a set of instructions and the successful on time submission of the Term paper is expected from the participant
Session 1: Basics of Climate Change: Science Behind the stories
The session emphasizes upon the Basics of Climate Change the Science Behind the stories.
The session would highlight the basic science behind the Green House gasses (GHGs). It would dwell upon the primary causes both natural and anthropogenic of Climate change and introduce about the impacts of the same. The session would also highlight a few remedial actions for a sustainable future.
Session 2: Impacts of Climate Change
The session we shall discuss the impacts of Climate change. The Impacts from climate change are happening now. These impacts extend well beyond an increase in temperature, affecting ecosystems and communities around the world. Things that we depend upon and value that is water, energy, transportation, wildlife, agriculture, ecosystems, and human health are experiencing the effects of a changing climate.
Session 3: International Agreements: Climate Change
The session deals with the International scenario of Climate Change deals and portrays India’s role. It presents a detailed account of the formation of UNFCCC, the foundation of Kyoto protocol and the highlights of the various COPs with an added edge of current COP and INDC
Session 4: Adaptations of Climate Change
The two main policy responses to climate change: mitigation and adaptation. Humans have been adapting to their environments throughout history by developing practices, cultures and livelihoods suited to local conditions – from the Mediterranean siesta to the Vietnamese practice of building homes on stilts to protect against monsoonal rains. However, climate change raises the possibility that existing societies will experience climatic shifts (in temperature, storm frequency, flooding and other factors) that previous experience has not prepared them for. Adaptation measures may be planned in advance or put in place spontaneously in response to a local pressure. They include large-scale infrastructure changes – such as building defences to protect against sea-level rise or improving the quality of road surfaces to withstand hotter temperatures – as well behavioural shifts such as individuals using less water, farmers planting different crops and more households and businesses buying flood insurance.
Session 5: Sikkim : Climate Change Case Study
Sikkim is a Biodiverse rich state but at the same time is not untouched by Environmental Challenges such as erratic Rain fall, rise in annual mean temperature and glacier melt. The Module further dwells upon the impacts of Climate change emphasizing on different sectors
Session 6: Climate change and pandemic
The issues discusses about the Health problems related to the environment continue to be a major source of concern all over the world. Society needs to develop measures that will eliminate or considerably reduce hazardous factors from the environment that can result in health risk to humans.
Session 7: Solid waste and its management
According to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) of the Kyoto protocol, there is a great potential for addressing methane emissions by reducing the amount of waste that ends up in a landfill. Options such as landfill, composting or recycling, energy through incineration or other waste-to-energy technologies would be discussed in details
Session 8: Sustainable Development Goals
The session would highlight the concept of sustainable development and would emphasize upon the 17 Sustainable development goals. The session would enlighten the participants with the tenets of sustainable development and the basic pillars of the same.
Session 9: Sectoral Analysis Climate Change :Sector Specific Analysis
The session is on Sector specific analysis contributed due to Climate Change. Global greenhouse gas emissions can also be broken down by the economic activities
Session 10: Global and National Environmental issues
Ecological and environmental research has traditionally been dominated by projects of single investigators or small groups working on local scales. However, environmental change and its influence on biological processes occur on regional, continental, and global scales. Issues such as Air pollution, species extinction, deforestation, pollution, ( Water, air, noise, soil and the like)