Basic knowledge about climate change is needed more than ever. For example, what temperature change is projected for this century? How do international negotiations work? What adaptation and mitigation options exist? This course provides answers to these and other introductory questions about climate change.


“From basic to advanced modules, this course is very comprehensive and brilliant.” – Learner from Spain

  • Climate Change
  • Science
  • Cities
  • Education
  • Youth
  • Finance
  • Adaptation
  • Energy

Self-paced course

12 hours

Key Results

  • 172.100 enrolments
  • 20.800 certificates issued


This e-course provides “everything you need to know” about the basics of climate change. It is divided into six modules, each taking an average of 2 hours to complete. Each has 4 to 5 learning objectives. A short quiz at the end of each module allows you to verify if you have achieved these learning objectives. You have three attempts to try each quiz.

What you will learn

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamentals of climate change science.
  • Present the international climate change legal and policy framework and explain key issues under negotiation.
  • Describe the expected consequences of climate change and the role of adaptation.
  • Provide a rationale for climate change mitigation and propose actions in key sectors.
  • Identify the main streams of climate change finance.
  • Outline basic elements of planning processes to deliver climate change action.
  • Analyze principal challenges and opportunities for climate change action.

The course at a glance

The course is structured around six basic modules:

  1. Climate Change Science
  2. International Legal and Policy Framework for Climate Change
  3. Climate Change Adaptation
  4. Climate Change Mitigation
  5. Climate Change Finance
  6. Planning for Climate Change

Completion requirements

Once all 6 modules are completed with above 70% of passing scores individually, you will receive a certificate of completion. Your certificate will be automatically available on the ‘achievement’ section under the course page. You can decide to take all modules or choose to select those that most interest you.