Learning for a Sustainable Future

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Climate change, gender equality, health, social equity, and inclusion are issues that affect us all, impacting human well-being and economic stability. How to live a sustainable life affects – and connects - us all. On this five-week course, you’ll develop an informed personal response to these major challenges as you’re supported to take positive actions towards a sustainable future.

You’ll learn more about current global issues and consider how we can all take action, personally or locally. Topics include:

  • Disruption and Reorienting our Thoughts.
  • Thinking Deeply: Values, beliefs and local issues.
  • Understanding Broadly: Systems thinking and wider positioning
  • Taking Action: From knowing to doing
  • Futures Thinking: Reflection and planning

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in sustainability – and that should be all of us, of course! The course has an additional strand for those working in formal or informal education, who want to bring some of the activities and issues covered in the course into their own teaching. You may find the course particularly useful if you are involved in education at any level but no formal experience is required.

Additional course running parallel with COP26 Climate Conference

In addition to the course which runs from 4th October to 7th November 2021, the course team will be running Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live at COP26, a two-week course from 1st to 14th November. This course will bring you news, events and some of the activities that happen as the UN COP26 Climate Conference unfolds. Enrolments for this course will open late September. 

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This course is hosted on an external learning platform.


  • Programme type
    Course: study a subject through videos, articles, discussions and quizzes
  • Cost and certification
    Free, with option to upgrade for a certificate
  • Duration
    5 weeks
  • Weekly effort
    3 hours
  • Difficulty level
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