Certificate of Achievement

Peter O'Brien

has completed the following course:

The Great Sustainability Transition: Global Challenges, Local Actions

Leiden University

This online course explored planetary boundaries, biodiversity, climate breakdown, pollution and the great sustainability transitions that are necessary. It sought understanding the effects of growing affluence and population growth, and the key challenges we are facing. Through a set of local action exercises you learned how you can directly impact your environment.

4 weeks, 5 hours per week

Thijs Boskers

Associate Professor of Environmental Science

Leiden University

Paul Behrens

Associate Professor of Environmental Science

Leiden University

79%
overall score

Transcript

Learning outcomes

  • Explain Planetary Boundaries and their link to affluence and population
  • Reflect on the intrinsic value of biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Describe the basic mechanics of climate change and the extreme effects of climate change on human systems
  • Explore the known and unknown solutions to climate change with the concepts of mitigation, adaptation and suffering
  • Describe the different kinds of pollution and provide details on effect and impact
  • Apply what was learned to local issues, through analysis of local, community, national and global levels
  • Explain possible reasons for why we have not acted faster to climate change
  • Explore solutions to common action problems

Syllabus

*Understand biodiversity and staying within the environmental boundaries of our planet. *Describe the basics of climate change and how it is altering the weather we experience on the planet. *Explain how pollution can impact ecosystems *Explain how system transitions are very difficult in practise and how we can become ‘locked-in’ to behaviours and technologies. *Understand how to influence your direct local environment.

Issued on 25th April 2023

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Free online course:

The Great Sustainability Transition: Global Challenges, Local Actions

Leiden University