What do we mean by climate breakdown?
What you'll learn
- Students will gain a basic understanding of climate breakdown, its causes and consequences
- No pre-course requirements
This is a short course that provides an introduction to climate breakdown. Climate breakdown is one of the defining issues of our time and if we do not take action to avoid the consequences, the outcome for our ability to survive on the planet is in question. But before we can do anything to avoid climate breakdown, we need to understand what it is and what it means for us and future generations. Through our work in environmental education over the past 20 years, we have realised that a lot of people know very little about this subject and that there is a lack of awareness about the urgency of the situation – we need to take action now!
We therefore decided to use our knowledge to help others and developed this course to provide:
An explanation of climate breakdown
An outline of the consequences of climate breakdown for now and for future generations
A basic look at the science behind the causes of climate breakdown, including the greenhouse effect and tipping points
A short quiz to consolidate your learning
By the end of the course, you should be able to talk confidently about the causes and consequences of climate breakdown with your children or grandchildren, with your neighbours and friends and with your colleagues at work.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who is confused by all the activity around climate breakdown in the media and wants a better understanding
- Anyone who feels left behind by their children, grandchildren, friends or colleagues when talking about climate breakdown
- Anyone who thinks climate breakdown is just an abstract concept that will not affect them
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.