Course Highlights

Here are some of the highlights for this course.

  • No application process, no pre-requisites, open to anyone. Simply register online today and start learning!

  • Learn at your own pace using a computer, tablet or smartphone

  • Take up to 90 days to complete the course

  • Receive a certificate of achievement and digital badge for successfully completing the course which can be shared on social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter), downloaded as a PDF, or even embedded in an email signature

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Define key terms and concepts related to climate change (e.g. greenhouse gases, greenhouse effect, mitigation, adaptation) and differentiate global warming, climate change, and weather;

  • Describe natural factors and anthropogenic (human) factors contributing to climate change;

  • Identify the importance of climate emission scenarios and projection models while acknowledging the uncertainties associated with these projections;

  • Highlight the global effects of climate change on temperature, precipitation and sea level rise;

  • Discuss sector-based climate change impacts including: forestry, water resources, agriculture, human health, infrastructure, and the economy; and

  • Identify key global policy actions to address climate change related to mitigation, adaptation and building resilience.

Course Overview

In this course, you will learn about climate change from both a Canadian and global perspective. The course is designed for individuals who have limited knowledge about climate change. Whether you are currently a student, a recent college or university graduate, or a working professional who wants to better understand climate change, this course is for you! Review the course curriculum below to see the topics covered.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Before we begin...

    • Welcome and Course Information

    • Course Navigation

    • Learning Objectives

  • 2

    Lesson 1: Key Terms and Concepts

    • Lesson 1: Key Concepts

    • Key Terms and Concepts

    • Climate vs Weather

    • What is Climate Change?

    • What is Global Warming?

    • What is the Difference Between Global Warming and Climate Change?

    • Check Your Learning

  • 3

    Lesson 2: Causes of Climate Change

    • Lesson 2: Causes of Climate Change

    • Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)

    • Most Common GHGs

    • The Greenhouse Effect

    • Natural Causes

    • Check Your Learning

  • 4

    Lesson 3: Climate Change Models and Projections

    • Lesson 3: Climate Change Models and Projections

    • Climate Emission Scenarios and Projection Models

    • Historical Temperature Data and Future Projections

    • Temperature & Preciptation

    • Temperature and Precipitation Projections: High, Medium, and Low-Emissions Scenarios

    • Considering Uncertainty

    • Check Your Learning

  • 5

    Lesson 4: Climate Change Impacts

    • Lesson 4: Climate Change Impacts

    • Overview

    • Temperature and Precipitation Impacts

    • Ocean and Sea Level Changes

    • Water Resources Impacts

    • Biodiversity Impacts

    • Forestry Impacts

    • Agriculture Impacts

    • Healthcare, Infrastructure and Economic Impacts

    • Summary of Climate Change Impacts You May Be Experiencing

    • Check Your Learning

  • 6

    Lesson 5: Actions to Address Climate Change

    • Lesson 5: Actions to Address Climate Change

    • Global Policy

    • Mitigation, Adaptation, and Resilience: Definitions

    • Mitigation

    • The Role of Forests in Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

    • How Cities are Adapting to Climate Change

    • Check Your Learning

  • 7

    Next steps

    • You're Almost Done

    • Before you go...

    • References Used to Develop This Course