After six successful years, UN CC:Learn has revamped its flagship Introductory e-course on Climate Change, making it available in three languages: English, Spanish and French. Since its launch in 2014, more than 100,000 people have registered and over 15,000 certificates have been issued, making it the most successful course in the UN CC:Learn portfolio.
From youth climate movements to the rise of environmentally friendly habits, people are more aware of climate change and its consequences than ever and are taking and demanding concrete action. In order to continue to offer the most engaging learning experience, the new course, titled Climate Change: From Learning to Action, improved on the original in several dimensions: 1) inclusion of new and up-to-date information (e.g. NDC process, youth engagement); 2) improved design and usability; 3) more practical use and interactivity for learners.
The e-course aims to enhance climate literacy across all sectors of society; therefore, it is open to anyone interested, from those who would like to learn more about the subject to those who want to turn their knowledge into action to take a stand against this issue. Upon completion of the six modules, users will be able to:
• Explain what climate change is;
• Describe how we plan to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change;
• Identify opportunities for low carbon development;
• Identify ways to plan and finance climate actions;
• Explain how climate negotiations work;
• Formulate a climate pledge, project or policy.
Each module is composed of 4 to 5 learning units featuring a mix of tools that deliver key content and engage the learners. As part of the course, participants are also invited to develop a concrete action plan or project to tackle climate change.
Each module, which can be accessed in random order, answers a specific question:
• What is climate change and how does it affect us?
• How to adapt to climate change?
• How to mitigate climate change?
• How to plan and finance action on climate change?
• How do climate change negotiations work?
• How to tackle climate change in practice?
The course remains self-paced and free of charge. It takes an average of 8 hours to complete. However, users have the possibility to take only the modules that interest them most. A quiz at the end of each module allows participants to measure the achievement of the learning objectives. A certificate of completion is awarded to learners who score 70% or higher in all six quizzes.