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There are many ways to start educating yourself about climate change. At first this global problem appears very daunting but we know with knowledge comes power, the power to act to make changes, that collectively will make a difference. We will work together to create a brighter future for all. So where to start.
We have created a section that provides climate change information which aims to answer some general questions. The information provided in this section is all researched and sourced from trusted academic institutions, energy research organisations, the worlds top consulting firms and climate change think tanks. A list of suggested websites to go to for further information is provided at the end of this section.
Having built your knowledge around the global need for increasing energy sources to support a rising population, to drive growth, equality and prosperity, you are ready to start to think about how can we transform the world that we live in today to a more stable, equal and sustainable world meeting all the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development goals (UNSDGs).
The best tools we have found to help us understand what global policies and actions need be taken to keep within the UNFCCC Paris Agreement goal of less than 2 degrees of warming is the En-ROADS climate simulator developed by MIT Sloane University and Climate Interactive. This simulator has taken over 10 years to create and
has been built on rigorous climate science information and analysis in energy, land use, buildings and transportation data, and agricultural economics drawing from sources such as the IEA, EIA, IPCC, the Royal Society and many other academic sources. All their sources of data and assumptions are referenced to allow for further investigation should you be interested.
The En-ROADS model is regularly updated to account for changing global dynamics in the energy markets, shock events like COVID19, changes in policies and commitments of major energy consumers, technology breakthroughs etc. En-ROADS results in all scenarios have been tested against the Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) for the Shared Socio-Economic Pathways (SSP’s). Whilst these IAMs may produce a range of results for various scenarios, En-ROADS outputs tend to lie within the average output of these six models which gives good confidence in the EN-ROADS model.
…..in other words it can be trusted. This is the first and most significant reason why we have chosen EN-Roads as a proposed education tool for you.
The second reason is it is freely available for anyone to use, it instantly updates its integrated calculations for each scenario the user inputs, and there are many learning tools for you to use to become familiar with how to use EN-Roads. It is fun to use, and can also be discussed with peers in a game setting. Having educated yourself, it is a good tool to start discussions with your peers, families and networks as it provides a robust framework and allows for many views to be explored.
You could sign up to the free online course that En-ROADS operates and get their expert tutoring to become an En-ROADS Climate Ambassador.
If you would like to hear students giving you a brief introduction to En-ROADS, having qualified as En-ROADS Climate Ambassador, click here (Kings students)
If you would like to request some peer learning around the En-ROADS climate model, click here
En-ROADS is a great place to start and we encourage you to explore this powerful tool.
A second useful global tool that is free and open source information to mine has been developed by an international team and funded by the UK Government's International Climate Fund and the EU's Climate-KIC and is the Global Calculator.
The objective of this programme is similar to En-Roads - deepen understanding about what collective actions are required with respect to climate change and to support the development of detailed policies Governments will need to implement to strengthen the resolve to meet the goals committed to under the Paris Agreement 2015. It helps the user understand what it takes to tackle climate change and to learn what mitigation options make a real difference. With the Global Calculator you can:
1) Learn about energy, land, good and climate issues - how they are related and how they interact
2) Understand how sectors will evolve at a global level to lower carbon by 2050 and see which markets could grow in the future
3) Help inform internal strategies and campaigns
4) Discover what technologies and actions are required
There are also various tutorials, videos and a user guide to help navigate.
The Global Calculator has published a report to show what needs to be achieved, using the evidence from the tool.
WEBSITES and information sources we recommend for further information include:
IEA - The International Energy Agency
EIA - Energy Information Administration (USA)
IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
UNFCCC - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UN - DESA - UN Department of Economics and Social Affairs
Our World in Data - Scientific research publication, team based at the University of Oxford
IRENA - International Renewable Energy Agency
NOAA - National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration
EWEA - The European Wind Agency Organisation
Climate Action Tracker - The NewClimate Institute, Germany
McKinsey & Co - Energy Insights Global Perspective Jan 2019
British Petroleum New Energy Outlook
The TED Interview - Chris Anderson in conversation with Al Gore July 2020
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