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Cypriot graduate offers free online climate courses

A graduate of the American Academy in Larnaca is offering online courses to help the UN Paris climate campaign.

Graduate Daniel Butler-Doyle is the co-founder of Cambridge-based ‘Roasted Elephant’ net currently offering three free online courses which can be taken by worldwide – especially those who want to make a difference.

“We need to help education climb up to the 21st century to solve 21st century problems,” Butler-Doyle said. “As the UN Climate Agreement is implemented in each country, millions of new jobs will be created. We are about to see major changes in the workforce as the world shifts to a zero-carbon economy. Decent work and quality jobs are going to go to those with a good working knowledge of global warming causes and climate change solutions. With that change comes the need for new educational and training approaches.”

Two of the courses are about climate change, explaining climate change causes, solutions and skills needed by green industries worldwide in the coming months and years. The third one is about human rights.

“The quirky name, Roasted Elephant,” the American Academy graduate explained, “comes from the need to bring to light issues that are normally ‘elephants in the room’ – never fully talked about or acted upon. We started with climate change because that is clearly the defining issue of our time. Closely associated with that is human rights as increasing droughts forces masses of people to migrate from their homelands. Other subjects will follow as the online school expands.”

Upon completion of each course, an official certificate is awarded that can be used to demonstrate one’s knowledge to a prospective employer. The courses require no prior skills or knowledge and are designed for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Cyprus is one 195 countries which have signed up to the UN Paris climate agreement in 2015. It is the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C.

A special emphasis is placed on the need for help from the public to combat climate change. It calls on all countries “to enhance climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information.”

For further information the Roasted Elephant team can be contacted at mailto:[email protected]

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