Exploring Our Responses to Climate Change, Short Course | Part time online | Coursera | United States
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Understand the Issue, Deepen your Engagement. Build climate literacy and apply it to your household, community, or workplace with this Exploring Our Responses to Climate Change course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder.

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In this Exploring Our Responses to Climate Change course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder, learners will gain familiarity with the key information sources that constitute the scientific consensus on the human causes of climate change and its associated impacts. We will explore the options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for impacts, drawing heavily from the Fourth US National Climate Assessment.  The ultimate goal of the specialization is to empower learners to formulate their own plans for reducing emissions and adapting to future impacts, appropriate for their respective households, communities, and workplaces.

Applied Learning Project

To apply our knowledge about climate change and public opinion on the issue, learners will engage in "climate conversations" with a friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor. We'll also assemble infographics to explain how policy action can effectively address climate risks. At the end of the specialization, we'll reflect on these projects and how they might spark climate actions happening in our households, communities, and workplaces.

What You Will Learn:

  • Identify, discuss, and critique the merits and shortcomings of climate policies
  • Identify climate risks where you live, and opportunities to manage risks.
  • Define key terms associated with climate science, climate impacts, and climate policy
  • Recognize activities that emit or capture greenhouse gases, and opportunities to reduce emissions/enhance sinks.
  • Serve as a resource for others on climate issues in their community or at their workplace.
  • Accurately interpret climate information contained in data visualizations (e.g., charts, graphs, maps)

Skills You Will Gain:

  • Communicating scientific information
  • Evaluating policy options
  • Interpreting data visualizations

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • What is Climate Change?
  • How Do We Manage Climate Change?
  • Planning with Climate Change in Mind

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 1 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Beginner level

  • Recommended experience: None required; prior classes in earth science and experience with reading/interpreting data visualizations will be helpful (applies for all courses).

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Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

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