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Tackling the Climate Crisis: Innovation from Cuba

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Course Features

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Duration

10 weeks

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Delivery Method

Online

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Available on

Lifetime Access

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Accessibility

Mobile, Desktop

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Language

English

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Subtitles

English

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Level

Intermediate

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Teaching Type

Self Paced

Course Description

Cuba is an unexpected source of inspiration. They have found low-cost solutions to decades of crises, disasters, and emergencies. This has led to remarkable thrifty innovation.

This course examines an innovative approach to the climate crisis. It traces the evolution of Cuban science, and provides unique solutions through resilience.

Learn how Cubans developed strategies to adapt and mitigate climate change, including innovative food production and coastal protection. This will help you cope with rising temperatures and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Our holistic approach and academic research in Cuba provide a framework for innovation to help you develop your own suitable and practical solutions to climate change.

This unique microcredential lasts for 10 weeks and is about more than learning new ways to tackle climate change. You will have the tools and insight to apply these insights to your chosen problem.

This course examines the characteristics of the Cuban approach towards innovation and how it is applied to different problems. Learn how to apply the principles to combat climate change.

Learn how Cubans use natural solutions and community involvement to preserve coastal areas and adapt their food systems to meet basic nutritional needs. Next, you will learn how the Cuban approach (DRRR), to disaster readiness responsiveness recovery (DRR) has minimized the loss of life in extreme weather events.

Even though Cuba's contribution is small to global greenhouse gas emissions, you will see what Cuba can gain from a low carbon future. It will also be shown how scientists, engineers, and planners in Cuba are applying thrifty innovation as a solution to this challenge.

After you have viewed different perspectives from Cuba, you will be invited to share your ideas and plans of action using the thrifty innovation framework along with your new knowledge to address the climate crisis in Cuba.

Learners based in Northern Ireland may be eligible for fully-funded places. Applications for funding places close at 1 October 2021. We recommend that you apply for funded places as soon as possible as there are limited spots. More information: https://www.open.ac.uk/courses/choose/skill-up

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Skills You Will Gain

Prerequisites/Requirements

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The course material does not assume that learners have prior knowledge of Cuba

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Some familiarity with global scientific, economic and social consequences of the climate crisis would be beneficial

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You do not require any specific experience or qualifications to enrol

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The course draws on practical examples from the Cuban approach to tackle climate crisis and will help you to develop an appropriate, possible, and actionable response to your climate crisis challenge

What You Will Learn

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Explain the impacts of climate change on the world's small island developing states (SIDS), including Cuba

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Understand the particular characteristics of a thrifty innovation approach among a range of possible responses to various climate crisis challenges

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Identify current approaches being applied to a climate crisis challenge that you are familiar with

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Recognise the lessons that can be drawn from thrifty innovation and the Cuban experience and apply them to your chosen challenge

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Understand the broader application and principles of creative innovation

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Develop an appropriate, possible, and actionable response to your climate crisis challenge

Target Students

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This microcredential will appeal to a variety of learners, including: People seeking a new approach to innovation techniques and to develop knowledge of thrifty solutions to the climate crisis

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Business leaders and entrepreneurs interested in tackling climate crisis issues with limited resources

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People seeking to add climate crisis solutions knowledge to their skills

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Anyone currently working or looking to work in sustainability or community-level climate crisis projects

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Learners working in the international development community, including NGOs, charities, policy makers

Course Instructors

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Dr James Warren

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Dr James Warren is a Senior Lecturer at The Open University and has written many modules on transport studies and the environment. He has a special interest in traffic emissions in Havana, Cuba.
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Emily Morris

Instructor

Dr Morris is an economist, specialising in the Caribbean region and based at the UCL Institute of the Americas. Her research collaboration with Caribbean partners focuses on sustainable development.
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