About this Course
Are you concerned about climate change? Would you like to learn how to address and respond to this challenge? If so, this course is for you. Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action is intended to help learners understand, address and respond to climate change as individuals and in partnership with their communities and political leaders. The course focuses on how to translate learning into action on climate change in the areas of food, energy, transportation and the built environment (cities). This course was co-developed and taught by Michaela Zint, Professor of Environmental Education and Communication, and University of Michigan Students. A range of academic climate change experts and professional leaders are featured. As a result of completing this course, you will be able to: 1) Identify individual, community, and political actions you can engage in to effectively address and respond to climate change. 2) Describe how insights from the social sciences can be employed to create change at the individual, community, and political levels. 3) Feel empowered to continue to influence how you, your community, and political leaders address and respond to climate change. Use #UMichActonClimate on social media to share what you're doing and connect with other learners.
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Beginner Level

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Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 2-4 hours per week.
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English

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100% online course

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 2-4 hours per week.
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Introduction

As part of this introductory lesson, we will help you explore your motivations for taking this course, briefly introduce you to the current state of climate science and policy, and prepare you for taking actions on climate change throughout the course. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 31 min), 16 readings, 3 quizzes
Video3 videos
Meet Dahlia1m
Meet the expert - Dr. Rosina Bierbaum22m
Reading16 readings
Syllabus10m
Welcome to Act on Climate15m
Optional resources1m
Help us learn more about you!10m
Climate science and policy20m
Optional resources1m
Climate mitigation and adaptation3m
Video references and optional resources1m
Optional resources1m
Action types3m
Co-benefits and climate justice3m
Looking ahead3m
Take action to ensure your future success10m
Doing our part1m
Optional resources1m
Quiz: Assessment of actions1m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Check your understanding6m
Check your understanding6m
Assessment of actions6m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Food

Food is part of our everyday lives. From breakfast to dinner, we make choices that affect the planet. This week, you will hear from Chris about his journey toward vegetarianism, and you will learn from Dr. Sara Soderstrom about social movement theory and food businesses in Detroit, as well as actions that you can take to make food choices that can mitigate climate change....
Reading
2 videos (Total 22 min), 15 readings, 4 quizzes
Video2 videos
Meet the Expert: Dr. Sara Soderstrom19m
Reading15 readings
Food and climate change6m
Case Study15m
Looking ahead1m
Anna’s story3m
Option 1: Eat less red meat10m
Option 2: Reduce food waste10m
Optional resources1m
Brandon’s story3m
Engage with your community about food10m
Nolan’s story3m
Influence decision making10m
Alison’s story3m
Participate in farmer-to-consumer programs10m
Optional resources1m
Quiz: Assessment of actions1m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Check your understanding4m
Check your understanding4m
Check your understanding4m
Assessment of actions8m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Energy

We use energy in almost everything we do, but there are also many ways we can reduce emissions from our energy consumption. This week, you will hear from Benjamin about saving energy in cold winters and from Dr. Kaitlin Raimi about the theory of environmental peer persuasion. You will also learn several actions you can take to reduce energy consumption in your home, on your campus, and in your community. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 18 min), 13 readings, 5 quizzes
Video2 videos
Meet the expert - Dr. Kaitlin Raimi14m
Reading13 readings
Case study15m
Looking ahead1m
Stephanie’s story3m
Energy consumption10m
Optional resources1m
Alison’s story1m
Attend a community meeting about alternative energy10m
Yousef’s story3m
Promote divestment from fossil fuels10m
Stephanie’s story3m
Prepare for climate-related emergencies10m
Optional resources1m
Quiz: Assessment of actions1m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Check your understanding4m
Check your understanding4m
Check your understanding2m
Check your understanding2m
Assessment of actions8m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Transportation

Transportation is part of everyday life. This week, you will hear from Stephanie about the collective impact of personal transportation decisions and from Brandon Schoettle about how driving decisions impact greenhouse gas emissions. You will also examine popular ride-hailing services, as well as actions that you can take to make transportation choices that can mitigate climate change, and ultimately you will learn to support a more resilient transportation system....
Reading
2 videos (Total 22 min), 14 readings, 4 quizzes
Video2 videos
Meet the expert - Brandon Schoettle19m
Reading14 readings
Video references and optional resources1m
Video references1m
Case study10m
Optional resources1m
Looking ahead1m
Anne Marie’s story3m
Reduce emissions from transportation10m
Haley’s story3m
Join or organize a community bike event10m
Derell’s story3m
Interacting with your transit authority10m
Encourage resilient transportation3m
Optional resources1m
Quiz: Assessment of actions1m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Check your understanding4m
Check your understanding8m
Check your understanding4m
Assessment of actions8m

5

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Built Environment

There is a complex relationship between our lives and the built infrastructure with which we interact on a daily basis. This week, you will learn about one theory of urban design - “New Urbanism” - and use it as a way to explore these relationships and how you can reimagine the built environment as a means to act on climate change. You will also learn about how one city used deliberative democracy to transform their built environment and move toward carbon neutrality. Together, the content will assist you in identifying how the built environment can be transformed to address the effects of climate change. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 30 min), 15 readings, 4 quizzes
Video2 videos
Meet the expert - Doug Kelbaugh26m
Reading15 readings
Why the built environment is important6m
Case study15m
Lessons from Geraldton - Interview with Janette Hartz-Karp6m
Optional resources1m
Looking ahead1m
The breakdown on New Urbanism6m
Explore your city with New Urbanism10m
Melanie’s story3m
Participate in a resource sharing program10m
Chris’s story6m
Contact local government about using democratic reform10m
Optional resources1m
Plant a tree10m
Optional resources1m
Quiz: Assessment of actions1m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Check your understanding4m
Check your understanding6m
Check your understanding4m
Assessment of actions8m

6

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Climate Action Plan

This week, you will apply ideas you learned in this course, learn about another relevant social change theory, and develop your own Personal Climate Action Plan. As part of this plan you will identify individual and community-related actions that you can take to mitigate the impact of increased greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change after completing this course....
Reading
2 videos (Total 15 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Meet the expert - Dr. Jennifer Hirsch13m
Reading6 readings
Introduction to Climate Action Plans3m
Case study6m
Optional resources1m
Bringing it home - Community Climate Action Plan10m
Introduction to Personal Climate Action Plan Assignment3m
Build your Personal Climate Action Plan0m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Check your understanding6m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Conclusion

You have now learned about a variety of theories of social change and tried a range of mitigation and adaptation actions. We hope that this will not be the end! During this concluding week, we will provide you with resources to continue to engage in climate actions, including: making new practices “stick,” how to work with your community, and why you might even consider making a bigger commitment, like running for political office. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 65 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
Meet the expert - Dr. Raymond De Young24m
Meet the expert - State Representative Yousef Rabhi18m
Meet the expert - Mayor Amanda Edmonds19m
Dr. Michaela Zint concludes the course0m
Reading8 readings
Introduction6m
Optional resources1m
Improving community engagement10m
Optional resources: Climate-related films1m
Run for office3m
Optional resources1m
Acknowledgments3m
Post-Course Survey10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Check your understanding6m
Check your understanding2m
Assessment of overall actions5m
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Top Reviews

By PSAug 19th 2017

Thanks to all for this fantastic course on Climate Change and for showing us how we can make our contribution.

By PPDec 21st 2017

Excellent course, with resources to understand climate change and how act on it.

Instructor

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Michaela Zint

Professor of Environmental Education and Communication

About University of Michigan

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