Hope in the Paris Agreement: We must get our societies on the deep decarbonization pathways

August 25, 2018

By Beth Blissman CoL

As a way to learn more about Paris Climate Agreement I signed up for my first ever massive open online course, or MOOC. It was entitled Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet, and it was an interesting challenge to re-enter the classroom online. Over 15 weeks, from November 2017 to early March 2018, this course explored the key challenges and opportunities that
come with implementing the Paris Climate Agreement with a global and diverse cohort of students. The course consisted of several lecture videos for the week, and various readings and
discussion board questions, which all stayed open for the duration of the course. It was an excellent way to learn about the most up-to-date strategies being used to confront the
climate crisis from both experts and peer practitioners.

The most hopeful and helpful information was about the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), a collaboration of scientists who are all working together to take seriously what is needed to limit global warming to 2°C or less. These scientists have formed scientific research teams from leading research institutions in 16 of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitting countries –
and they are all working together for the common good!

This inspiring global collaboration of energy research teams is working hard to map out practical pathways to deeply reducing greenhouse gas emissions in their own countries: Australia, Brazil,
Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States. [The DDPP framework has been
developed and utilized by a consortium led by two non-profit organizations: The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris, France, and the Sustainable
Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in New York City.] You can learn more about the DDPP at their website: http://deepdecarbonization.org/

The initial results of their studies on deep decarbonization pathways show that moving away from fossil fuels and moving towards clean technologies like solar panels, electric vehicles, wind turbines, highly efficient boilers, hydropower plants and so forth will be both affordable and essential for the planet’s health, not to mention human health. These clean technologies
also come with challenges, but those challenges pale in comparison with the ecocide we’re currently suppor

The SDG Academy creates and curates FREE, graduate-level courses on sustainable development for students around the world. There are many topics: from sustainable cities to human rights to climate action, and each course addresses the fundamental challenge facing our world today, namely “How do people, communities, governments and companies not only coexist, but
also cooperate and collaborate, to save the one planet we have?” Here’s a link to the SDG Academy website: https://courses.sdgacademy.org/

The library website rapidshift.org was developed to summarize latest thinking and publications around deep decarbonization pathways and share successful stories, technologies, and policies.