Foundations in Climate Action

With climate-related crises in the news almost daily, it can be easy to feel that there are no solutions. This couldn't be further from the truth.

This foundational course is designed to enhance your climate knowledge, and your personal and professional power to act. Through a critical, reflective, and justice-centered lens you will learn the science of climate change, assess real-world examples of climate solutions and discover ways to enact meaningful change. At the end of the course, you'll be ready to implement tangible approaches that you or your organization can take to act on the climate crisis.


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, Sep 11, 2024
  • Wed, Sep 11 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Sep 18 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Sep 25 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 2 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 9 (self-paced all week)
  • Wed, Oct 16 (self-paced all week)
InstructorRita Steele
Seats Available28
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)
InstructorRita Steele
Seats Available30

What you will learn

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

  • Explain the scientific basics of human-caused climate change and its impacts on various regions and peoples
  • Assess ways in which climate change disproportionately affects specific populations
  • Critically analyze mainstream narratives about climate change to better understand both effective and ‘false’ climate solutions, as well as those which center climate justice
  • Demonstrate awareness of multiple worldviews and responses to the climate crisis
  • Recognize key climate leaders in community, academia and government (particularly authors who are Black, Indigenous and Persons of Colour)
  • Analyze the key drivers of the policies and actions that local and international players are implementing in response to the climate emergency
  • Create meaningful and systemic climate solutions for you and your organization

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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