New E-Book “A greener future” covers also “greener tourism”

Screen Shot 2016-06-18 at 17.16.54LT&C-member and coordinator of our Education & Training Working Group, Sven Åke Bjørke, just published the e-book “A greener future” introducing the reader or course participants to the main relevant aspects of global warming, climate change,  green economy and sustainable development.

The e-book has been produced in cooperation with LT&C Co-Founder GRID-Arendal, and covers in chapter 6 also “greener tourism”. It is an excellent tool covering all the wider frame of sustainable development, including the important decision of the entire world on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 18.43.35

The e-book can be read as an interactive course-book for an individual. It can be used as an online learning resource by students and teachers at any level in secondary schools and at tertiary levels of education.

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Animated graphics illustrate in an easy understandable format complicated issues, such as global warming

It can be used as a course-book for group meetings in ordinary classrooms or as a learning resource in a MOOC-style course.

It is a main idea that this e-book can be used as a learning resource in a “flip-the-classroom” approach, where students go through a page or a chapter at home, and then discuss the issues in the classroom.

The e-book can be displayed on PCs, laptops, I-pads and modern mobile phones.

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The loss of ice in Greenland and the shrinking of glaciers in other parts of the Arctic currently contribute up to 40% of the average 3 mm global sea level rise per year. A number of studies suggest that Greenland could be a major contributor to a potential rise in sea levels of 0,5 to 1 meter by the end of the century. Tourists on expedition cruises are made aware of the challenges of climate change and may come home as environmental “ambassadors”. Photo: Peter Prokosch

The main topics are global warming, climate change, depletion of ecosystems and impacts on the environment, our way of living,  the economy and the possibilites for a more sustainable development.

The e-book combines natural science, social science, economics, technology and law, giving a holistic perspective on some of the major current problems our societies are facing.

The mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) can be visited in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, within three National Parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda; Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The species is listed as critically endangered. Visiting them helps to secure their future. Photo: Peter Prokosch

The introductory texts to each topic are “generic”, in the sense that the content is valid and reliable everywhere, supported by several authoritative sources. The text can be read as a cohesive narrative, or each page independently. And it can be by yourself adopted to your local or national conditions and needs. It is a living document, which will be permanently updated.

The texts are as a rule non-academic, basic information “in a nutshell”, giving the minimum necessary for taking part in a discussion. Every page offers additional reading, movies, quizzes, learning activities and lectures for those who want to learn more.

The e-book is a creative commons project. Universities, schools, NGOs and environmental organisations are free to copy it.

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