Free Online Course @UN: Green Economy

This is a course offered by the United Nations at this link:

You can view all the UN courses at this link:

The course is free and open to the public, but you have to register an account.

A green economy results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Learn how governments, businesses and citizens can enable the shift to a green economy and what is the role you can play to support a low carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive future.

In this course, we will go on a journey that introduces us to the basic concepts, policy instruments and international frameworks of inclusive green economies. Our path consists of five modules which are divided into smaller sections. You can start with any module depending on your preference.

After completing the course, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the rationale and core concepts for realizing an inclusive green economy against business-as-usual practices
  2. Identify enabling conditions for greening national economies
  3. Outline principal opportunities and challenges in key sectors
  4. Provide examples of national strategies and planning to advance an inclusive green economy
  5. Distinguish international frameworks and initiatives in support of an inclusive green economy

Each of the five modules features a quiz. A quiz is passed with a score of 70% or above. You have three attempts for each quiz. Once you successfully passed all quizzes, you will receive a certificate of completion. Your certificate will be automatically available to download in the “Certification” section under the course page.
This e-course has been developed under the umbrella of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). PAGE brings together five UN agencies – UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization, and UN Institute for Training and Research – whose mandates, expertises and networks combined can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive green economy.

What are we doing about housing?

There’s a housing eviction crisis looming on the horizon. What is happening in our communities?

We already know that low-income housing in Illinois is in a state of disrepair, and has been for a long time, even as upscale neighborhoods fight against decent living conditions for their fellow Americans. This isn’t an accusation, just a fact of our society that we have to face. We also know that more and more Americans are falling into poverty. So what are we going to do? Who wants to work on this?

Helping Communities Welcome Migrants and Refugees

Helping Communities Welcome Migrants and Refugees

An article out today is a perfect example of what will most likely NOT be helpful to improve the situation of climate refugees and immigrants already living and working in our communities. 

Does anyone know of programs out there that communities or individuals are already doing or can look into to help welcome migrants and refugees? I know there are some out there so please share and hopefully we can inspire more people to take up these kinds of things in their own communities. 

Migrants and refugees are human beings with families and dreams and full of potential. The reasons for the disruption of their lives is out of their control. What would you do if you were in the same situation? The Climate Economy did a presentation on women in The Climate Economy back in February, where we talked about climate refugees. Here’s the link to the article in the Guardian about climate refugees. This is already a huge problem and we need to be prepared to help as more and more people are displaced.