Environmental Literacy - an Introduction
What you'll learn
- You will be introduced to the most pressing environmental issues we face
- You will learn how we are causing these environmental issues
- You will learn what will happen if we don't take action to address these issues
- You will be introduced to some of the things we can do to prevent further environmental harm
- There are no pre-requisites for studying this course
The environmental crisis is real and urgent and has the potential to harm everyone. It is not a question of "saving the planet" but of saving ourselves! But too few people fully understand what it means and what we can do about it. This course has been produced to help improve environmental literacy.
We use animation to illustrate a series of discussions between two characters. Naomi is an environmental specialist and Alison represents learners participating in the course. Alison is interested in expanding her knowledge about the environmental crisis so that she can understand how mankind is affecting the environment, how the crisis affects everyone and what can be done to minimise mankind's impact. Naomi and Alison introduce learners to the following aspects of the environmental crisis:
what we understand by natural resources, why it is important to manage them carefully and the consequences of their continued depletion
an introduction to the hierarchy for managing waste
pollution of the air, water and land
a brief overview of climate breakdown
what is meant by biodiversity and why it is important to minimise its loss.
Each topic is covered in a different setting to link the issues covered to our everyday lives. The course concludes with a summary, followed by a short quiz to confirm the knowledge acquired.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who wants a better understanding of environmental issues
- Anyone who wants to feel more confident about discusssing the environmental crisis with their children, grandchildren, friends or colleagues
Richard is an environmental educator who wants to make sure everyone has access to the information they need to help them understand the scale of the environmental challenges we face.
He is currently working on a suite of courses covering the basics of climate breakdown using his extensive knowledge of the topic built up over many years. Richard has developed environmental management courses for business and has delivered these and other courses to many delegates over the last 5 years. In addition, he is an Associate Lecturer with The Open University in the UK where he has worked for 15 years; and he is an examiner for environmental certificate and diploma courses with NEBOSH, a UK-based, international examination board delivering vocational qualifications in subjects including environmental practice and management.