Interested in learning more about climate change?
Educating yourself about the climate and ecological emergencies is one of the most effective ways you can begin to help. Understanding not only your personal impact, but the lives of those that are most affected by climate change could inspire you to take action.
Here, we have compiled a list of free modules, courses and qualifications on climate change and sustainability.
The Open University has 93 free courses on climate change, sustainability and the human treatment of animals. Ranging from the biological sciences to the humanities, the free courses offered by the Open University has something for everyone.
The Future Learn courses offered by the University of Exeter cover a broad range of subjects, from questioning the ethics of Natural Capital to exploring global weather systems. Future Learn courses are designed to help boost your career, giving you new skills and insights that may help you in the job market. Use the link below to explore what they offer.
Why individual action?
Individual action, alongside corporate activity and policy changes, is an essential aspect of helping Devon achieve net-zero carbon.
Because change is needed
“Everyone is going to have to be involved,” says Debra Roberts, co-chair of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Furthermore, the IPPC says we are going to need “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society to deal with climate change”.
We deserve better as citizens
Of course, climate change cannot be solved by individuals changing their driving or buying habits alone. Other changes, bigger, system-wide changes are of course required. But as individuals, you can exercise your right both as citizens and as consumers. For example, you can put pressure on the government and on companies to initiate the system-wide changes that are needed.
Because we can inspire others
We are all heavily dependent on social influence and the practices of those around us. Why not adopt some sustainable practices and see who around you also starts to change? As Greta says, our actions are important not because they have a material effect on climate change, but because of the message they send to others. In a survey by The Conversation, half of the respondents who knew someone who has given up flying because of climate change said they subsequently fly less. So, if people need cues from their peers to change their behaviour, then why not be that individual and lead by example?
Listening to podcasts can be a great way to educate yourself about the climate emergency. Climate change is relevant to every aspect of our lives, from what we eat and how we travel, to what we wear and how we handle our money. Learning about how the climate crisis is affecting people around the world is also a great way to better understand the context of climate change, as communities and ecosystems around the world are already experiencing drastic changes and devastating effects. These podcasts will help you gain insight into the effects our high-carbon lifestyles are having around the world, as well as what we can do to live more sustainably.
The Big Green Money Show
Hosted by Deborah Meaden, the Big Green Money Show is about highlighting what big businesses are doing to become more sustainable, as well as providing advice for consumers about how to make sustainable choices.
Costing the Earth
Costing the Earth is a weekly educational podcast exploring contemporary and often controversial climate topics. The hosts interview scientists, activists and industry experts to help explain some of the biggest impacts and issues affecting the climate emergency.
The Climate Question
The Climate Question asks why we find it so difficult to achieve a sustainable lifestyle, and how we might be able to change that. It’s an insightful and entertaining show designed to get listeners thinking about their own responses to the climate emergency.