Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or are part of the climate denial crew, you probably know that climate change is one of our most pressing environmental issues.
But how much do you really know about climate change and the causes and effects of global warming, or the risks and impacts from a changing climate? And how much do you know about what we can do about it, from lifestyle changes to policies and global initiatives?
Here’s your chance to learn more about climate change, for free, in an online course from the World Bank. Whether you’re just a concerned citizen or you’re involved in policy decisions or activism, this course promises to shed some light on the seemingly nebulous issue of climate change, so you can take action to help mitigate not only its effects, but also the speed at which it’s happening.
The course is called Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided, and it’s being offered online via Coursera:
“Under current pledges and commitments, the world is likely to reach 4°C degree warming by the end of the century and 2°C warming as early as 2040. This MOOC brings together renowned scientists to provide a synthesis of the most recent scientific evidence and presents an analysis of likely impacts and risks, with a focus on developing countries. It chronicles already observed changes in the climate system and their impacts, through the increase in carbon dioxide emissions, corresponding temperature increases and melting of glaciers and sea ice, and changes in precipitation patterns. This course also offers projections for the 21st century for droughts, heat waves and sea-level rise, with implications for food and water security, as well as possible impacts on agriculture, water availability, ecosystems and human health.” – Coursera
The course offers two tracks, one for citizens and one for those involved in policy and leadership, and runs for four weeks, beginning January 27th. The course will include a climate film fest, interactive resources, discussion forums, assignments and quizzes to reinforce each lesson’s materials, and two Google Hangouts with international climate change experts. To complete the course, participants are expected to put in about 3 to 5 hours of work on the materials each week, and those that successfully complete the course requirements will receive a Coursera Statement of Accomplishment.
Sign up for this free online course about climate change here: Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided