• University of Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Climate Change Institute(ECCI)
  • Climate Solutions

Climate Solutions: India

Explore the effects of climate change and how to address the biggest challenge to our civilisation in the 21st century.

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Climate Solutions: India

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Tackle the climate emergency in India

Climate Change is one of the greatest threats we face. The impacts of climate change are already being felt around the world, affecting both natural and human systems, and these impacts are expected to become greater in years to come.

On this five-week course from the University of Edinburgh, you’ll gain the knowledge and tools you need to make a real difference and help tackle climate change, specifically focusing on India.

Examine the science and policy of global climate change

The science is now unequivocal that humans are the main driver of the changes we are seeing in our climate.

This course will guide you through the basics of what global climate change is and the ways that we can address it. You’ll delve into the science, policy, and business contexts of climate change, from its history and how we study it to the carbon cycle and greenhouse gases.

Explore how climate change has impacted India

As the global climate has been warming, so has India’s, with its average annual temperature increasing by around 0.7 degrees Celsius in the last century. This level of change has had a drastic impact on the country.

You’ll learn about the different climate zones in India as well as how the country’s climate has changed over the years. You’ll look at monsoon season and how the reduction in rainfall has devastated areas of the country. Then, you’ll explore the future of India’s climate and how further changes could impact health, agriculture, and the economy.

Discover how you can combat climate change

In the final two weeks of this course, you’ll look at ways to mitigate climate risk and things that you can do to help tackle the climate crisis. You’ll also discover actions that you can take to get involved and inspire others to join the fight against the climate emergency.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Our planet is in danger. The climate crisis isn’t coming, it’s here. We’re already seeing the effects of rapid climate change all over the world. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere are destroying our ecosystems. Humans are the biggest cause, but that means we’re the solution, too. There are solutions and we can all do something towards making them happen. Taking action right now is what the planet needs. Discover what’s really going on with climate change; the causes, the impacts, why it matters and what you can do to make a real difference for a better future. There is hope for change if we all act now. Sign up today to our free Climate Solutions course, tailored specifically for learners in India.

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  • Week 1

    Introduction to Climate Change

    • Get Started

      Meet the team who created and run this course, find out what you'll be learning, and introduce yourself to your global learning community.

    • Introduction

      Find out what you'll be learning this week, meet your global learning community, and do a quick quiz to get started.

    • What is Climate Change?

      Learn the basics of climate change and the urgency of the climate crisis.

    • Global Impacts of Climate Change

      Discover what is driving changes in our climate, and the impacts on natural and human systems.

    • Climate Justice

      Learn more about who is most affected by climate impacts, and who is responsible. Discover why climate justice is key to tackling the climate crisis.

    • Knowledge Check

      Reflect on what you've learned about climate change.

  • Week 2

    Climate Science

    • Introduction

      Find out what you'll be learning this week, and do a quick quiz to get started.

    • It's Only Natural... Isn't It?

      Find out more about the drivers of climate change, and how the carbon cycle works.

    • Our Changing Climate

      Discover how scientists study the climate and how greenhouse gas emissions have changed over time.

    • Knowledge Check

      Reflect on what you've learned about climate science.

  • Week 3

    Climate Change Impacts

    • Introduction

      Find out what you'll be learning this week, do a quick quiz to get started, and take some time to reflect on what we've covered so far.

    • Our Future Climate

      Find out how data, models, and supercomputers can help us to understand what the future of our climate might hold.

    • India's Climates

      Learn more about India's six climate zones, and the past and future of India's climate. Analyse changes in your hometown, and discuss your experiences of climate change impacts.

    • Knowledge Check

      Reflect on what you've learned about the impacts of climate change.

  • Week 4

    Managing Climate Risk

    • Introduction

      Find out what you'll be learning this week, and do a quick quiz to get started.

    • Understanding and Managing Risk

      Learn how we can use tools such as the risk triangle to assess and manage the impact of climate hazards.

    • Mitigation and Adaptation

      Learn how we can use an understanding of risk, and the hierarchy of responses, to mitigate and adapt to changes in our climate.

    • Knowledge Check

      Reflect on what you've learned about managing climate risk.

  • Week 5

    Global Climate Solutions

    • Introduction

      Find out what you'll be learning this week, and do a quick quiz to get started.

    • Who Shapes Climate Solutions?

      A look at the key players in shaping and acting on climate solutions, and international climate change policies and agreements.

    • Climate Change and Development

      Discover how climate change and development are connected, and take a closer look at the UN Sustainable Development Goals - "a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all".

    • Measuring Our Impact

      Our actions and behaviour have an impact on the planet. Discover how we can measure it and the effect of consumerism on climate change.

    • Get Involved and Inspire Others

      Find out what you can do to make a positive impact on climate change, and how you can raise awareness and inspire action in others to help tackle the global crisis.

    • Knowledge Check

      Reflect on what you've learned about global climate solutions.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain what global climate change is and how to address it.
  • Summarise the science, policy and business contexts of global climate change.
  • Describe the current climate of India and how climate change has already, and will continue to, impact India.
  • Identify how everyone, including young people, can take action and drive others to act.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in climate change in an Indian context, specifically college and university students based in India.

Taught by instructors with decades of experience in climate change and online learning, this empowering course is a collaboration between leading experts in the University of Edinburgh and Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

You may also be interested in our 5-week course Climate Solutions: India (Hindi)

Who will you learn with?

Erika is a climate change researcher and teacher at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked with businesses, policy makers, communities and individuals from around the world on climate solutions.

Climate change scientist at the University of Edinburgh; Co-chair of the Just Transition Commission

Gautam is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Energy, Government of Ontario, Canada. He has worked on climate policy, GHG emissions accounting, and electricity markets for 10+ years

Poornima is a senior research analyst with CSTEP India, working on energy transitions and urbanisation challenges. She has a background in carbon management and urban planning.

Galina is a PhD candidate at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and The University of Edinburgh. She investigates greenhouse gas emissions from forest soils with a focus on the nitrogen cycle.

Nishtha is a social entrepreneur currently working with the Delhi government as a Research Fellow. She finished her masters in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh in 2019.

Pranam, (Msc. Carbon Management) co-founder of Cool Earth (India) is a PMP with a Post Graduate Diploma in Data Science & a consultant on Carbon Management strategies for organizations in India.

Who developed the course?

The University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities and is globally recognised for research, innovation and high-quality teaching.

Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI)

Collaborating to accelerate climate action. Located in the heart of Edinburgh, ECCI is a leading centre for research, teaching, policy and practice for climate action, and a centre of excellence within the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh. Established in 2010, ECCI has consistently worked towards a climate-neutral Scotland and the wider world.

Climate Solutions

Every organisation has a role to play in helping to address climate change. The Climate Solutions Network offers in-depth courses designed for the Director & CEO level. The Network is a partnership between the Institute of Directors, University of Stirling, University of Edinburgh, and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

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