EdX course by Prof. Sachs.
"Sustainable development is the most urgent challenge facing humanity. Its fundamental question is: How can the world economy continue to develop in a way that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable? This course provides a broad overview of the interactions between the economy and our environment and humanity, from the constraints of finite resources, to the activities that drive climate change, to equality for all. "
What you’ll learn
- The basics of the Sustainable Development Goals
- The role of people: from inequality, to poverty, to health and human rights
- The role of the planet: planetary boundaries, the value of renewable energy, and sustainable consumption of our natural resources
- How to help nations, businesses and economies flourish without leaving anyone behind
Module 1: What is Sustainable Development?
- Intro to Sustainable Development (SD)
- Economic Growth & Progress
- Continuing Poverty
- Environmental Threats
- Business-as-usual vs. SD
- From the MDGs to the SDGs: Agenda 2030
Module 2: Economic Development
- Incomes Around the World
- Urban/Rural Inequality
- Income Inequality Woithin Countries
- Measuring Wellbeing
- Convergence or Divergence
Module 10: Sustainable Food Supply: the End of Hunger
- Farm Systems, Ecology, Food Security
- How Environmental Change Threatens the Food System
- How the Food System Threatens the Environment
- A Sustainable Global Food Supply
Module 11: Sustainable Cities
- Patterns of Urbanization
- What Makes a City Sustainable?
- Smart Infrastructure
- Urban Resilience
- Planning for SD
Module 12: Curbing Climate Change
- Science of Climate Change
- Global Cooperation
Module 13: Saving Biodiversity
- What is Biodiversity?
- Biodiversity Under Threat
- Oceans & Fisheries
- International Dynamics
Module 14: The Sustainable Development Goals
- The Sustainable Development Goals
- Goal-based Development
- Financing for Sustainable Development
- Principles of Good Governance
- Is Sustainable Development Feasible?