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(5) Sources relevant to the course
(Brief reflection already included in paragraphs)
Before getting involved with the concepts that will be discussed through this course, it is important to understand were did they come from. Personally, the following sources helped me to better understood and broaden my view about the topic.
At first, it is important to understand the magnitud of the problem and that should be done by understanding what are the current concerns about climate change. (1) The Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report by IPCC, provides important data about concerns regarding climate change and its effects. In my opinion it is a good first step to begin to comprehend the magnitud of the problem, since it puts numbers to climate change effects in a way that anyone can understand. In the same way, (2) Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity by Johan Rockström, proposes an interesting approach about how humans activities are exceeding the environmental limits of the planet. For me this view was specially shocking as it shows in a graphical way how humanity is exceeding some planet environmental limits and how has already exceed some of them, it makes me wonder if we are going to be able to turn back the tide.
Then, some basic concepts related to sustainability should be understood. (3) Our Common Future by WCED, provides the official concept of sustainable development. Although nowadays there are many ways to define sustainable development, the concept given by this paper provides a very clear concept, both for those who already have some background about the matter and those who are just beginning.
At last, it should be understood how information and communication technology may help fight against climate change. (4) Smart 2020: Enabling the Low carbon economy in the information age by GeSI, presents the influence of information and communication technology in the fight against climate change, not only in the sector itself but in the applications in other more problematic sectors. Some months ago it was really hard for me to understand how information technology can actually help environment, but after going through this report I gained a clearer view about it. (5) Green IT: The New Industry Shock Wave by Gartner, addresses the role of information technology industries within the green sector. Finally, this paper gives a good view about how companies can really get involved in this now green perspective, it also helps to understand a bit sustainability from the business point of view.
By reading this proposed sources, I think, it could be gained a comprehensive introduction to the topics addressed in the course, just as it happened with me.
Carbon footprint reporting
The document below contains my personal carbon footprint results, brief reflection included.
Online course proof
The image below shows my personal grades of the course Philosophy and Critical Thinking by edX. A payment is required to gain a certificate, therefore it was not obtained.