Building Community Resilience in the Climate Emergency

Although much of the climate debate focuses on individuals, research clearly shows that the deep, lasting, and effective solutions to climate impacts come from community level collaboration and the bonds this work creates. This course explores the importance of building community and the ways you can mobilize community to build resilience. Designed for people working in a wide range of community and organizational contexts, this course will give you practical tools to organize the support you and others in your community need to sustain collective climate action.


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
 6 weeks
Tuition: $699
Can be applied to:
Climate Action Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateWed, Jan 15, 2025
  • Wed, Jan 15 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Jan 22 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Jan 29 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Feb 5 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Feb 12 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Feb 19 (self-paced all week)
InstructorDara Parker
Seats Available30

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Articulate a justice-informed understanding of both your community and resilience
  • Recognize interdependencies and synergies between climate resilience and other types of resilience (e.g., community responses to the housing crisis or the toxic drug crisis), and how they can reinforce or weaken each other 
  • Assess how well different climate solutions build resilience in your community
  • Appraise the immediate responses that are needed in the face of extreme weather events
  • Identify effective levers for collective climate action within your sphere of influence

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Prepare to spend about 8 hours per week on coursework
  • Expect reading, videos, online discussions and skill-building activities
  • Optional: Meet online with the class and instructor or guest speaker as scheduled by the instructor (recording available)

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.

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