29 November 2022
By Elaine Murphy
University creates ultra-specific course on ‘The Climate Crisis and Local Government’
Today Cllrs from Cork received their parchments having completed a new course at University College Cork.
The Level 7 “Continuing Professional Development in The Climate Crisis and Local Government” costs €850 according to the UCC website which also gives the following details:
The climate crisis is here. Recently we have seen it accelerate with record breaking temperatures, heatwaves, and wildfires. This course will examine these issues focusing on local government and sustainability. Such a dynamic and transitioning world requires governance at all levels, including local, to be responsive, proactive, and future-looking in finding solutions to address the complex intersecting issues we will all face as the global heating unfolds. The course will introduce councillors in how Ireland aims to become a climate-resilient, sustainable, and low carbon economy and society in the coming decades. The course will examine how government aims to mitigate and adapt to the challenges brought on by our changing climate in the process. In doing so it will look at, amongst other concerns the issues of urban and rural resilience, sustainability practices, the pathway to zero carbon, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and climate justice. The course will also examine the wider economic and political context at the macro level, the Paris climate agreement of 2015 for instance, and community leadership and the need for a dynamic political response across a subject which has not only local and national but global implications.
This course will be delivered part-time to facilitate adult learners who already have a multitude of professional and personal responsibilities. Each module on this course will comprise 18 hours of lectures, including both recorded lectures and live online classes delivered over 6 weeks. In addition, there will be a full day (Saturday) fieldtrip/workshop per module.
Both online and offline delivery of this programme allows for students from around Ireland’s 31 county and city councils to interact with each other through peer-to-peer learning, with a view to building relationships and networks between participants, and expertise in the issues related to the climate crisis.