Want To Help The Environment? Start With These 5 Courses

Coursera highlights five of its courses this World Environment Day for those starting the eco-friendly journey

The Living Planet report calculates that humans are using 30 per cent more resources than the Earth can replenish each year, leading to deforestation, degraded soils, polluted air and water, and dramatic declines in numbers of fish and other species. Climate change is further accelerated by population growth, global warming, and the current global health crisis. 

In recent years, there has been an encouragement for, and realisation among, young people to learn more about climate change, its challenges and threats, and ways to prevent it. As responsible citizens, it is every person’s responsibility to switch to more sustainable ways of living and show individual responsibility for preserving nature, its resources, and the environment.  

Universities and institutes are now offering courses on global warming, greenhouse gasses, renewable energy, and carbon footprint, among other global challenges that we are currently facing. For individuals keen to get a better understanding of the factors that cause environmental damage, and how to prevent it, there are courses available online from some of the world’s top universities.  


This World Environment Day (June 5), here is a curated list of some of these top courses on Coursera: 

Introduction to Sustainability by the University of Illinois 

This course introduces the academic concept of sustainability. It investigates how today's human societies can adapt to global change, ecosystem degradation, and resource scarcity. Population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history are topics covered in the course. 


Environmental Management & Ethics by the Technical University of Denmark 

Through this course learners will learn to analyze ethical challenges associated with environmental dilemmas and apply different decision making tools relevant to environmental management and regulation. 


The Age of Sustainable Development by Columbia University 

This course is designed to help learners understand the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development: economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.  


Water Resources Management and Policy by University of Geneva 

The objective of the course is to develop an understanding of the problems related to water management. The course looks at water management in detail by analyzing the different types of rights and obligations associated with, for example, the development of a multi-sectoral regulation system or a watershed management approach. 


Environmental Health: the Foundation of Global Public Health by University of Michigan 

The course provides learners with a foundation in environmental health sciences (EHS). It covers the influence of the environment on human health, environmental health policies, and the application of systems thinking to understand and analyze environmental health issues.  


For professionals looking to address environmental damage caused by vehicular pollution, Coursera offers a certificate program by IIT Bombay, ranked the #1 university in India by QS World University Rankings. The Power Electronics and Motors for Electric Vehicles (EVs) certification will help learners build essential skills to advance their careers within the field of EVs and gain insight into the design and development of new solutions that are optimized for India’s transportation future while helping the environment. 

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