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Earth Day: 7 online courses to inspire climate action


The first Earth Day took place in the US in 1970, with the mission to highlight the importance of clean air and clean water. World leaders and organisations have since used Earth Day to raise awareness and encourage action against climate change.

In 2021, the climate crisis remains a significant threat, but education and innovation will help us overcome its challenges. This Earth Day, join us in learning more about the planet we live on and how we can reduce the global impact of climate change.

The University of Leeds has developed 2 standalone online courses and a 5-course collection tackling crucial environmental issues facing the world today. Hosted on FutureLearn, our courses are suitable for a range of age groups and abilities, supporting anyone to learn more about the environment and environmental policies.

Read on to discover free, online courses on climate change and the environment.

Climate Change and Resilience in Food Systems

Discover strategies for mitigating the impact of climate change and building resilience in agriculture and food systems. This course is for anyone interested in the effects of climate change and sustainability in food production.

Enrol today on FutureLearn: Climate Change and Resilience in Food Systems

Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

This course is particularly useful for students at high school who want to study ecology, conservation biology or zoology at university level. Participants will learn about the work of ecologists and conservation biologists, understand how ecosystems work, and explore how technological innovations can improve our knowledge of problems such as the bee decline.

Enrol today on FutureLearn: Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

Environmental Challenges

With the Environmental Challenges online course collection, participants will discover the process behind developing environmental management policies, and the various challenges faced by policymakers.

You can choose whether to enrol on a single course or tackle the entire collection:

All the courses mentioned are available to join for free and can be accessed on a desktop, mobile or tablet.

Have you enrolled on one of our courses this Earth Day? We’d love to see your post about it online! Be sure to use the hashtag #EarthDay and tag @uoldigital on Twitter.

Read the Sustainability Strategy at the University of Leeds.