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Why should health be a central argument in climate negotiations? Can a MOOC help to bring the message across?

Sauerborn, Rainer

In: Public Health Reviews, 37 (2016), Nr. 18. pp. 1-4. ISSN 2107-6952

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There are four key messages from health for climate negotiations. Two positive ones include (i) health as a motivator for action and policy and (ii) huge health co-benefits to be included in the cost-benefit trade-offs of climate negotiations. Two warning messages: (iii) there are health-based absolute limits of adaptations and (iv) hotter average temperatures will cut work productivity of farmers and other outdoor workers as well as workers in non-air conditioned factories in poor countries. This paper will examine how massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been used in the run-up to this COP to disseminate these four messages to the audience of high-level policy-makers. This required a departure from the classic MOOC format in several ways: duration, focus on decision-making rationale, policy-relevant messages presented in big brush, leaving “traceable accounts” to evidence in two layers of resources provided: essential and “deep dive”.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Public Health Reviews
Volume: 37
Number: 18
Publisher: BioMed Central; Presses de l'EHESP
Place of Publication: London; Rennes
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 12:46
Date: 2016
ISSN: 2107-6952
Page Range: pp. 1-4
Faculties / Institutes: Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg > Institut für Public Health (IPH)
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
610 Medical sciences Medicine
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