Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environment management.

23,958 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

The world faces challenging environmental problems. They are challenging because different people typically contribute differently to environmental change, and because its effects will be felt differently by different people in different places.

Understand environmental injustices

This free online course will help you understand how injustice is a common feature of many environmental problems. Over 5 weeks, we’ll look at deforestation, biodiversity loss, climate change and other environmental issues, asking questions such as:

● Can we manage tropical forests to increase timber revenues and carbon stocks, while ensuring that the people who live in them can fulfil their own subsistence needs and vision of a healthy ecosystem?

● How can protected areas strike the right balance between contemporary global interests in species conservation, local interests, the needs of future generations and rights of nature?

We’ll show that sustainable environmental management requires attention to justice - that we need to strike the right balance between the needs, interests, rights and aspirations of various stakeholders today, and those of both nature and future generations.

Learn with UEA’s Global Environmental Justice Group

You’ll learn with the University of East Anglia’s Global Environmental Justice Group

  • Prof Adrian Martin
  • Dr Vasudha Chhotray
  • Dr Iokine Rodriguez
  • Dr Oliver Springate-Baginski
  • Dr Nicole Gross-Camp
  • Dr Gareth Edwards
  • Dr Brendan Coolsaet
  • Dr Teresa Armijos

an interdisciplinary mix of scholars interested in the links between social justice and environmental change.

Through a series of films shot in Africa, Asia and Latin America, you’ll meet environmental activists and find out how justice can be a powerful motivator for environmental action.

You’ll share your own experiences with other learners around the world, thinking about how you can put academic theory into practice, through course discussions, quizzes and assignments.

The course will give you a taste of UEA’s MSc in Climate Change and International Development and MSc in Environment and International Development.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Why environmental justice?
  • Justice as multi-dimensional
  • Principles of justice
  • Is justice political?
  • Odisha case study
  • A political activist’s perspective
  • EJ Atlas
  • Water justice
  • Forest governance from a local perspective
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Climate justice
  • Forest governance from a global perspective
  • Participatory video
  • Life plans

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 the dimensions of environmental justice
  • Evaluate different ideas of justice
  • Investigate local environmental justice struggles
  • Apply an environmental justice framing to global challenges
  • Explore practical techniques to empower marginalised communities

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people who are already working on environmental problems or are familiar with environmental issues. It seeks to address environmentalists around the world although a background on international development will be useful.

What do people say about this course?

"Thank you for putting this course together! It has been inspiring and very informative. As an environmental chemist it has been a great opportunity for me to learn more about the social and political dimensions of environmental research. "

"A sincere thank you again to the facilitators of this course, as well as all those who offered their insights in the comments section. I have found the variety of perspectives enlightening and thought-provoking...exactly what I was hoping for when I enrolled in the course. UEA now has a place in my mind for consideration of furthering my academic career. I look forward to communicating again in the future with this cohort and enrolling in future courses."

Who will you learn with?

I am a social scientist who works on issues of conservation and development and environmental justice. My research is mainly in Sub Saharan Africa

Who developed the course?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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