Courses

PLATO offers non-credit, participatory courses meant for seniors who want to continue learning, sharing and making new friends.The content and format of PLATO courses are determined by volunteer Course Coordinators and course participants. Any PLATO member can propose and coordinate a course.

Coordinators and Participants Share Their On-line Learning Experiences

Curriculum committee asked coordinators to let us know about their online course experience.

Winter 2021

The Paris Climate Agreement Turns Five course coordinator Peter Krug.

Peter Krug is offering the course, The Paris Climate Agreement Turns Five, this Winter Session. Twenty-five participants join Peter each Friday morning to hear about the status of this international agreement to reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Every five years the member nations must update their greenhouse gas reduction targets and policies. The year 2020 was the first time the update was due. Because of the world wide pandemic, the meeting was rescheduled for 2021.The Trump administration removed the US from this agreement effective this past November. President-elect Biden will seek to rejoin the agreement when he becomes President.

Peter is focusing on the mitigation efforts of the 3 largest developed parties who are responsible for the most greenhouse emissions on our planet – the United States, the European Union, and the Republic of China. Mitigation is the “stabilization and reduction of greenhouse gases around the world.”

The course discusses the following topics: In week one and two, Peter summarizes the main points of the Paris Agreement and speaks of the governmental options including examples.

The next three weeks focus on each of the three major producers of greenhouse gases: The United States, the European Union, and China. And the last week presents the topic of Climate diplomacy and a course wrap-up.

Everyone is welcome to join this course to find out what the countries of the world are doing help our climate, and what they intend to do. As Peter states, his goal is “to provide an enhanced foundation for following the news and your possible participation in the ongoing climate change discourse.”

Thank you Peter for offering PLATO this fascinating and important course.

To view all of the Fall course testimonials from coordinators and participles go to the newly renamed Curriculum Showcases page.

Look for more responses in the coming weeks.

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Video Recorded Courses

Currently two PLATO courses qualify to use zoom recording.  In this space a link will be added each time a new course is available from the PLATO web.

Whither the State January 5,  2021
Climate Change Politics

To view all past recorded sessions click on the Course Video link in Past Recordings page. To find,  click on Past Recordings link in menu bar.


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