The Age of Sustainable Development- Scotland Debates
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 from 16:00 to 18:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
MOOC course conducted by Prof Jeffrey Sachs and Columbia University in cooperation with CIFAL Scotland, UNITAR and Edinburgh Center for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).
The course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development, drawing on the most recent developments in the social, policy, and physical sciences. Sustainable development is the most urgent challenge facing humanity. The fundamental question is how the world economy can continue to develop in a way that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. The course describes the complex interactions between the world economy and the Earth's physical environment. Ecological processes and constraints (climate, disease ecology, physical resources such as soils and energy sources, topography and transport conditions) significantly shape the patterns of economic development, demography, and wealth and poverty. At the same time, human activities (farming, land use, urbanization, demographic change, and energy use) change the physical environments, increasingly in dangerous ways. The course offers a broad overview of the key challenges and potential solutions to achieve sustainable development in the 21st century.
The 14 week course will be hosted on Coursera and is now open for enrollment at www.coursera.org/course/susdev
CIFAL and ECCI will host weekly debates in Edinburgh starting on Tuesday 28 January from 4:00 to 6:00pm.
To enroll in the Edinburgh debates book here
Those who successfully complete the course will receive a Columbia University Statement of Accomplishment.