Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Mining and Materials for Sustainable Development Transformations

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The underlying transformations needed to achieve climate goals and other sustainable development goals (SDGs) include the rapid decarbonization of our global energy systems and economies, and a scale-up of new technologies to meet the needs of a growing population. Mining and materials are at the heart of these sustainable development transformations.

Launching February 19, 2024, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Mining and Materials for Sustainable Development Transformations addresses challenges and opportunities for mining and materials value chains in the energy and digital transitions.

The key topics covered by the MOOC will include:

• the relevance of the energy and technological transformations to mining and materials value chains and their stakeholders, including governments, international organizations, companies, financiers, civil society, local communities, and the general public
• the roles and responsibilities of mining and materials stakeholders in the sustainable development transformations, including in climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience
• the sustainable development challenges of renewable energy systems and an increasingly urbanized and digital economy
• security of supply of critical minerals
• the environmental, climate, social, human rights, and economic impacts of mining and materials value chains
• the role of national plans, strategies, laws, and policies in addressing these challenges.

The MOOC is a project developed by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI); supported by the African Legal Support Facility, Anglo American, and Ford Foundation, produced by Econ Films, and hosted by SDG Academy.

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