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Free Online Course on Climate Change: Solutions

The University of Exeter is offering free online course on Climate Change: Solutions. The free course is open to absolutely everybody — whether you are a student considering coming to university or are simply interested in learning more about climate change.

In this four week course, applicants will explore the potential solutions to climate change and how they relate to the UN’s sustainable development goals. This course will start on February 19, 2018.

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Course At Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Climate Change: Solutions
Institution: University of Exeter and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on February 19, 2018

Providers’ Details

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction.

About This Course

Man-made climate change is one of the biggest threats to the world. The effects are already being seen through receding glaciers, ocean acidification and an increasingly vulnerable food supply. It’s vital we work to find solutions to climate change.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Describe the sustainable development goals and their links to climate change
  • Explore responses to climate change: mitigation, adaptation and geoengineering
  • Identify methods of making agriculture more sustainable and explore the viability of these methods
  • Debate the viability of solutions that help strengthen the terrestrial biosphere carbon sink
  • Explain possible solutions to reducing ocean acidification
  • Discuss methods and policies being implemented to reduce plastic in oceans
  • Describe how buildings and cities can be designed to be more sustainable
  • Apply the theme of ‘sustainable communities’ to the developing world


You don’t need any prior knowledge of climate change, just an interest in science, nature and the environment.


Tim Lenton

Professor Tim Lenton is Chair in Climate Change/Earth System Science at the University of Exeter. His research focuses on understanding the behavior of the Earth as a whole system.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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