CSE offers an online training program on climate change

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Caption: Climate change is the greatest social, political, economic and environmental challenge facing the world today. Photo credit: Li-An Lim on Unsplash

Science and Environment Center (CSE), one of South Asia’s leading think tanks on development policy, environment and climate change, is running a global online training program that focuses specifically on understanding climate data, analyzing them and using them to tell stories about climate change to different stakeholders.

Climate change represents an existential threat to humanity. It is the greatest social, political, economic and environmental challenge in the world. As countries continue to reluctantly align themselves to deliver on their climate change pledges, communicating the urgency of this crisis remains a challenge for most stakeholders.

The critical state in which the world finds itself was amply underlined by the recent Sixth Assessment Report (AR-6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations. The report, which provides the most up-to-date understanding of the climate system and climate change, unambiguously holds human activity responsible for climate change and projects its future impacts on us.

The program will include a special session on the latest IPCC reports and what they mean for your continent, country and state. A session on the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP 27) will also take place.

The program is designed to inform on established and new trends and approaches in data-driven development communications for effective presentation and maximum impact. It will also introduce popular analytical tools and conceptual frameworks and offer an overview of the global legal and policy framework to better understand climate-related numbers.

There is drama in numbers, especially when those numbers give you a trend – things are getting better or worse. It’s even more powerful when you can use the trend to understand the crisis, the challenge and the opportunity; and take appropriate action,” says Sunita Narain, director general of the Center for Science and the Environment.

What are you going to learn?

* Climate impacts, science and policy: understanding the essential concepts of climate change and global climate negotiations

* Data collection: learn how and where to search for relevant data on climate change and development.

*Data analysis: develop skills to analyze and interpret trends in climate science and impacts.

*Data Visualization: Learn to visualize data for effective communication.

* Report Writing: Develop skills to process, visualize and transform climate data into simple, compelling and informative “stories” for print and the web.

Course Structure

The self-paced online program will include video lectures, presentations, tutorials, quizzes and assignments. Participants will have the opportunity to work on an in-depth project of their choice. The program will include three live interactive sessions to meet the trainers and other participants.

The program has been designed in such a way that it can be followed by regular work or study.

The course is divided into five modules –

Module 1: Introduction to climate change: science, policy and impacts

Module 2: Data for effective communication and informed decision-making on climate change for development – Le monde dans mon jardin

Module 3: Finding the right climate data

Module 4: Data processing and analysis to make data meaningful

Module 5: Data Visualization

The course duration is 15 hours and the fee is 3,500 rupees for Indian participants and 100 US dollars for international participants.

To register, click here.

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