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Learning about science at home, in nine minutes

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On this World Science Day for Peace and Development, UNESCO would like to highlight a series of online science lessons from France’s Université Virtuelle Environnement et Développement Durable (UVED). Recognizing the importance of scientific knowledge for informed citizen engagement in peaceful and developed societies, UVED has created a series of MOOCs (massive open online courses) that tackle some of the most pressing scientific issues of our time; climate change, sustainable development, and biodiversity.

One highlight from the climate change series is Pierre Tulet's nine-minute talk on the way different regions of the world will be affected by rising temperatures. He recounts where our environment stands today, with potential effects being either human resilience or increased social and environmental pressures. Watch

Sabine Barles, Geography professor at Universite Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne, explains the role that our cities can play in building green, sustainable societies. Valuing our trash, loving our green spaces and changing our transport habits could be game-changers. Watch.

In the biodiversity series, Nadia Belaidi discusses Peace Parks, which are cross-border protected areas that aim to preserve both biodiversity and peace among nations. Watch

Many more MOOCs from UVED can be found here. UVED is one of eight digital thematic universities supported by the French ministry for Higher Education. By making science available for all, it contributes to fostering entrepreneurship, participation to public research or citizen involvement in initiatives for the common good in line with UNESCO’s mandate for social development.