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Planet Partners: Tackling the Climate Crisis Together

Investigate the impact of climate change, the research being done to tackle it, and what you can do to take meaningful action.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Explore the different areas affected by climate change

The impacts of climate change are being felt worldwide and across many areas of life. This includes our food, our physical and mental health, where and how we live, wildlife and environmental systems, and political direction.

On this two-week course, you’ll explore how climate change affects different people and places in varying ways and how we, and our world leaders, can take action.

Examine the environmental research

The course is presented by two University of Reading students who uncover what the research shows about the effects of climate change, discuss the impacts, and consider the implications for young people and their futures.

Based on the themes identified by youth delegates who hosted mock COP26, which represented over 140 countries, you’ll explore different aspects of the climate crisis. As you delve into each one, you’ll find out about innovations helping us adapt and the actions you can take to help yourself, others, and the planet.

Be empowered to take action for the planet

Finally, you’ll look at how climate change is being addressed globally, such as through the Paris Agreement, and how you can call on world leaders to do more.

By the end of the course, you will be able to speak confidently about climate change and its impacts, understand how it will continue to affect all areas of our lives, and be empowered to take action.

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What topics will you cover?

  • The interdisciplinarity of climate change
  • How does climate change impact our bodies?
  • How does climate change affect what we eat?
  • What does climate change mean for nature?
  • What does climate change mean for our cities?
  • What can you do?

When would you like to start?

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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...

  • Describe how the wide ranging impacts of climate change require an interdisciplinary approach to studying them.
  • Identify and discuss the effects of climate change on every day life as well as the planet.
  • Explore what research is being done to mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects.
  • Reflect on what action can be taken by individuals and wider community.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in climate change but will be particularly useful for 16-18-year-olds.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Harley Pope is an interdisciplinary research fellow based at the Walker Institute at the University of Reading. I research and teach around cross-cutting sustainability and holistic systems issues

I've just graduated from my German studies degree at the University of Reading. During my studies I've become really interested in climate change and sustainability, especially during my year abroad.

A University of Reading Meteorology and Climate graduate, where my studies and hobbies gave me passion for climate change education, sustainability, and a greener future.

Who developed the course?

University of Reading

The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

Walker Institute

The Walker Institute is the University of Reading’s interdisciplinary climate research institute.

Learning on FutureLearn

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  • 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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