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Agri-tech can turn Africa into the world's food basket
Dr Debisi Araba is a public policy and strategy specialist and is currently the Managing Director at the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), the premier catalytic, multi-partner platform for food and agriculture transformation in Africa. He is a recognized thought leader across the African agricultural sector. Prior to joining the AGRF, he led the International Center for Tropical Agriculture - CIAT’s work in Africa as the Africa Region Director. He holds a MSc in Clean Technology from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, a Doctorate degree from Imperial College London and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. In this podcast, Debisi talks about his journey, his organisation Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), the challenges posed by COVID19, the realities of climate-smart agriculture and what innovations we can expect in Africa in the near future. Notes – 01:31 – Debisi’s career arc and journey 08:08 – All about AGRF and the challenges it is facing 15:31 – Climate-smart agriculture 22:01 – The concept of ‘hidden hunger’ 26:02 – AGRF’s 10th Summit 29:44 – Women and agri businesses in Africa 32:51 – Politics and policy 35:36 – Covid19 and food security in Africa 39:00 – Africa and its innovations

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September 14, 2020
What climate science is telling us: the past is no longer a valid guide for the future
Dr. Charles “Chip” Fletcher is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission. Chip teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Earth Science, Climate Change, Coastal Community Resiliency Paleoclimatology, and Sedimentology. He has received a number of teaching, research, and community service awards, and is globally recognized as a leading climate science expert. He frequently appears in Hawaii media discussing climate change.

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September 11, 2020
What’s up with hydrogen?
Hydrogen “could be the solution to many of the hardest parts of the transition to net-zero”, like long-distance freight, shipping and heavy industry, according to the UK’s National Grid. If so, that would make hydrogen one of the largest-scale clean energy technologies. Now, hydrogen is not new. For over 40 years, H2 has been used in great quantities as an industrial chemical and as a fuel for space exploration. As a result, a whole infrastructure is already developed to produce, store, transport and utilize H2 safely. Unfortunately, this hydrogen is largely sourced from fossil fuels, and is the source of around 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions today. So what’s new about this old molecule? Well, it turns out that H2 can also be made from waste biomatter or renewable electricity. This “green” hydrogen is one of the only renewable molecular fuels, and an extremely high powered one at that (think rocket ships!)

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September 9, 2020
Coastal ecosystems are under threat from climate change
Rohan Arthur is a senior scientist and founding trustee of the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) in Karnataka, India. He heads NCF’s Oceans and Coasts program, an interdisciplinary group that works on a range of issues, including understanding human-wildlife interactions in aquatic environments. His research interests concern issues of conservation, particularly the implications of climate change for marine ecosystems, the rational management of marine systems and fisheries in India, and the interface between policy, traditional practices, and ecosystem management In this podcast, Rohan talks about how the Nature Conservation Foundation got started, the role of coastal ecosystems & how climate change is impacting them, his work in the Lakshadweep islands and how climate refugees are going to be a reality in the near future. Notes – 03:18 – How Nature Conservation Foundation got started 05:34 – Essential services provided by coastal ecosystems 10:27 – How climate change is affecting coastal ecosystems 16:18 – National and State level plans to deal with coastal issues 23:51 – Prediction of coral bleaching 27:18 – Work in the Lakshadweep islands 36:38 – Building resilience 42:50 – Empathy towards coastal communities 47:50 – The role of individual and collective action

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September 1, 2020
India can lead the way towards a green economy
Chandra Bhushan is one of India’s foremost environment and climate change experts. He is the President & CEO of the International Forum for Environment, Sustainability and Technology (iFOREST). He was Deputy Director of Centre for Science and Environment from 2010-2019. He has researched, written and campaigned for issues ranging from climate change and energy transformation to rights of mining-affected people and industrial pollution. He was conferred with the ‘Ozone Partnership Award' for his contributions towards the framing of the Kigali Amendments to the Montreal Protocol by UNEP in 2017. In this podcast, Chandra Bhushan talks about his climate change journey, what the purpose behind starting iFOREST was, his personal involvement in the District Mineral Foundation, his thoughts about UNFCCC, COPs and the Montreal Protocol in international climate negotiations and how important it is to make a wholesale change to the economic system to tackle climate change. Notes – 01:12 – Chandra Bhushan’s climate change journey 04:42 – Climate change in India 10:18 – All about iFOREST 17:06 – EIA draft notification 21:17 – District Mineral Foundation 27:15 – BASIC group of countries and politics 31:31 – UNFCCC and failed processes 38:53 – Kigali Amendments to the Montreal Protocol 42:45 – Tackling climate change

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August 25, 2020
Pricing and expected commitment
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12 weeks long. About 10 hours of time commitment every week
Each class has just 20-25 Fellows with extensive skills, background & passion
Instructors available via Zoom, Slack and email
100% online, with 7+ expert live talks. All available for later viewing
Climate Change: Learning for Action
Interactive program with an instructor walking you through the paces
12 Weeks
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Our August  17th cohort is full. Next cohort starts in

November, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Who would benefit most from this program?
Anyone who wants a grand overview of the entire climate landscape. Anyone who wants to shift their time & energy into doing climate work. High-school level familiarity with math and science a plus, but not essential.
What if I don't like the program?
If you're less than 3 weeks into the program, we'll refund you 100%. Our only request would be to give us feedback so we can improve the program.
Will the classes fit my schedule?
Yes. Most of the classes are asynchronous so you can decide when to go through them during the week. Our expectation is that everyone will be back in sync when a new week starts. The main live elements are the expert talks which will also be recorded for later viewing.
I can't afford the program cost. Can I get help?
We want all qualified learners to apply, regardless of financial status. Let us know about your financial need when you apply and we'll do our best.
Are you going to be running more cohorts?
We will open admissions soon for cohorts starting November 2020 and January 2021.
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