Climate: Impact on Sustainable Development


CHOOSE ONE QUESTION   Climate: Impact on Sustainable Development COLLAPSE Usual Directions. Post as a reply to: with Question # and key word in heading.  Comment or ask a question on at least two other student posts. In addition, reply to comments or questions to your post as appropriate.  Discussion Questions. Refers to required and/or optional readings. Refer to the source with quotes to focus discussion or when appropriate. 1. Climate & Development .Jeff Sachs, has been unusually outspoken about the importance of the interrelation of economic development, poverty, inequality, government corruption, and global warming. Cite one or more quotes from his chapter make the case why climate can not be ignored when addressing economic development. What do you think his critics might say and his response would be?  2. IPCC Urgency.  The 1.5o IPCC report focuses on the urgency of climate action and the dire impacts on sustainable development, poverty and inequality of global warming goes past 1.5 degrees. Explain how the IPCC makes it case and supports it. Uncertainty is unavoidable when making projections, how well does the IPCC communicate the uncertainty and claims? Compare with critics of the report (Google the story).  3. Adaptation. Human history is full of examples of adaptability and innovation. Some observers believe that predictions of climate impact do not take human adaptability into account, and so climate impacts tend to be overestimated. Do you agree? What are some challenges of adaptation occurring right now in the Arctic? Refer to one of the AMAP Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic reports in your post. 4. Arctic. Why is the climate changing faster in the Arctic than in other parts of the world? How is the Arctic changing the climate of the rest of the world? Refer to AMAP SWIPA reports and video and/or adaptation reports in your answer. Focus on a few important points from the AMAP reports and videos.  5. Uncertainty of Knowledge. What are scientists most certain about climate change? What are scientists most uncertain about climate change? Refer to IPCC reports, AMAP SWIPA reports, videos and/or other sources (e.g. AMS Chapter, Comet Met Ed). Explain.. Choose the knowledge areas of most interest to you in climate change. Optional, also refer to CRED Psychology of Climate Change Communications about communicating uncertainty. 6. Leadership. What is the importance of The [College] Presidents Climate Leadership Commitments for society and climate action (read the introductory web page and the actual commitment signed)? Why is it important for educational institutions to be involved and to take on leadership responsibilities? What do you think are the most important leadership areas for colleges to take? John Jay College recently joined AASHE STARS? What obstacles do you expect to be faced? Opportunities for strategic success?  7.Communications. (CRED Columbia, Psychology of Climate Science Communications Guide).  Why is it important to respect and understand the values and mindset of your audience when discussing and framing Climate Change? Respond to ONE of a, b, or c.  a. Polarization. How does the CRED guide help us understand the polarization of views on Climate Change? Provide an example or a response.. b. Laudato Si. Explain why Pope Francis’ encyclical is effective citing CRED guide  c. Elizabeth May, Green Party, Canada. Explain how Elizabeth May’s speech on the IPCC report is effective citing the CRED guide. 8.  Climate (intergenerational) Justice. JULIANA v. U.S. – CLIMATE LAWSUIT    Our Children’s Trust  Respond to this issue of intergenerational climate justice. What are the ethical issues of people in charge in politics and business and their responsibility to future generations. 9. Formulate you own question on Climate and Sustainable Economic Development and respond to it quoting and citing some of the required and/or recommended readings.

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