Free online course teaches the causes and solutions of climate change

Do you know what a MOOC is? It is perhaps the highest expression of what the Internet is capable of. According to MOOC.org“Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available to anyone. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career, and provide educational experiences of quality on a large scale, in other words, they offer the sum of all human experiences for free to anyone with an internet connection.

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A new MOOC titled Climate change and health is now available. It was developed by Rainer Sauerborn, public health expert member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in collaboration with educational engineer Sophie-Hélène Goulet.

According to Washington Post, videos, quizzes, and interactive exercises help you understand how climate change affects health, how humans might adapt to physical changes on Earth, and how you can take care of your own health while helping support the planet . It includes commentary and research from authors and IPCC experts from 10 countries.

Climate change and health is friendly and adapts at its own pace. It encourages students to reflect on their own environment and to advocate for better health for themselves and others. And although there is the option of purchasing a certificate of completion from Springer Nature, the educational publisher that hosts the course, its evidence-based lessons are free to everyone. Below is the course introduction page.

About this course
Climate change is currently at the center of global attention, with delegations from more than 190 countries meeting in Paris for COP21 to negotiate an agreement on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming at bay. below 2°C.

There aren’t many citizens of the world who don’t have their children’s health and their own top priority. So why isn’t health a bigger topic in the debate on climate change and its impacts? We hear a lot about polar bears and chimneys in the media, but very little about the many important health impacts of climate change. With this MOOC, we want to provide state-of-the-art evidence of the link between climate change and population health.

Who is this course for?
We cater to the general public from all parts of the world.
Healthcare professionals may have a particular interest and are welcome, as are teachers and journalists, who can use this MOOC to disseminate the evidence provided. People working in the field of meteorology and climate science may also be interested in health impacts and are welcome. In this interface between health and climate, there are few experts. Thus, every interested citizen of the world, whether expert or not, is welcome.

What should I know?
The course does not require any knowledge of the climate system and climate change. You don’t have to be a medical professional to follow because we cover the link between climate change and health that will be new even to doctors. Of course, you must be reasonably comfortable with English, especially to be able to participate in the many interactive platforms and exercises offered during this MOOC.

What will I learn?
Awareness:
You will become familiar with the nature of health impacts around the world, and for your country in particular. Plus, you’ll learn about best practices from around the world in coping strategies and promoting health co-benefits. There will be discussion forums for disease- and target-group specific interest groups, for example a forum on child malnutrition due to climate change or the health effects of the elderly.

Skills:
You will analyze your country as a case study throughout the course and share this work with other course participants on our country-specific platforms. You will understand the limitations and strengths of your own country’s climate adaptation plan.

Action:
Thus, you will be able to involve national and local policy makers to improve health protection against climate change in your country. Interviews with national policy makers will be part of the course.

Course structure
Chapter 1: What is climate change and how can it affect health?
Chapter 2: What health effects are expected?
Chapter 3: Reducing emissions – in terms of health: prevention
Chapter 4: The good news: Doing something to reduce emissions is good for your health
Chapter 5: Adapting to the effects of climate change already underway – “therapy”
Perspectives: A climate-friendly world is healthier, more equitable, sustainable and fun

A Clean Technica Challenge

So here’s the deal. We are constantly writing about climate change and hope that our efforts will affect the thinking of our readers. But we are only reporters. Although we receive feedback from the comments people post, we have no accurate way to gauge whether we are making a big difference, a small difference, or no difference at all.

But what if a number of our readers took the free online course on climate change and health and shared what they learned with us and others? Is this course useful? Does it advance our understanding of climate change and the challenges humanity faces as average global temperatures rise?

If you take the course, please share your experience with us. We will compile your feedback and regularly update this story using the real experiences of readers. No grades, no fees, no pressure, just access to knowledge. After completing the course, let me know if it was helpful and why. My email address is stephen@importantmedia.org.


 

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