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Palm fronds and and their reflections on the waters of Bohol Province, Philippines

Course structure

This course is meant to introduce you to the basic concepts articulated by COMEST‘s “Climate Change Ethics: Mitigation and Adaptation” within the context of the so-called “Global South”.

The Global South refers to regions of the world that currently remain economically and/or culturally marginalized and hence, in this context, are most vulnerable to climate change due to their lack of opportunities to change the conditions of life within their environments.

  • Week 1 will discuss the notion of vulnerability, its key features, causes and consequences. It will provide the context and setting for the next three weeks as we collectively reflect on the principles of diversity, justice and precaution as deliberate responses to the reality of climate change vulnerability.

  • Week 2 articulates the notions of biological and cultural diversity and how they can assist the populations of the global south to become more resilient to climate change.

  • Week 3 is central to the course. Here we will discuss how the environment can be managed so that the needs of human beings are balanced in relation to the capacity of nature to regenerate herself and thus support human populations in a sustainable way. It will suggest a notion of justice that “dynamically equilibrates” the needs of humans, on the one hand, and that of nature, on the other.

  • Finally, Week 4 articulates COMEST’s interpretation of the so-called “Precautionary Principle” and its relationship to the notions of Sustainability and the Intellectual, Moral, and Ecological Heritage of Humankind. We shall show how the cooperation of the scientific, local and indigenous communities can produce innovative approaches towards enhancing the carrying capacity of the environment and in building the ability of vulnerable populations to improve their living conditions in more considerate and kinder ways.

Our reflections might not adequately mirror the enormous reality of climate change. But they could at least transform, in however limited ways, our attitudes and actions that could help mitigate and adapt to our vulnerabilities. They may even inspire us to join heroic attempts to reverse the adverse effects of climate change.

Certificate of Achievement

If you like, you can buy a Certificate of Achievement to prove what you’ve learned on this course. The Certificate comes in both printed and digital forms, so you can easily add it to your portfolio, CV or LinkedIn profile. Alternatively, you can buy a Statement of Participation as a memento of taking part.

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Climate Justice: Lessons from the Global South

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