Tackling Environmental Challenges for a Sustainable Future Course - University of York

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Discover how environmental research can inform how we respond to and solve the major global environmental issues of today.

Explore sustainable solutions to environmental issues like changing glaciers

Our energy use is unsustainable, we’re producing waste plastic that’s endangering oceans, and large parts of the natural world are disappearing. We know our planet is facing huge environmental challenges, but what are we doing to solve them?

On this course, you’ll discover how the environment is studied and learn how research at the University of York is helping to develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

The course will encourage you to reflect on the importance of a more sustainable future for our planet and will introduce you to the role the Sustainable Development Goals can play.

What topics will you cover?

  • Changing glaciers
  • Protecting our oceans
  • The environment and development
  • Energy and Society

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Explore major environmental challenges and how we investigate them.
  • Evaluate the importance of interactions between people and the planet.
  • Investigate potential sustainable solutions to major environmental problems.
  • Reflect upon the need for a sustainable future and the role of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Who is the course for?

There has never been a more important time to study the environment. This course is designed for anyone interested in how research is informing our knowledge of global environmental issues and potential solutions.

The course will be particularly useful for final year school students who are considering studying an environmental course at university. It will also appeal to anyone with an interest and with a general understanding of issues surrounding environmental issues.

Who will you learn with?

David Rippin

David Rippin is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography and a glaciologist. His research focuses on understanding how glaciers move and how their behaviour is affected by climate change.

Bryce Stewart

Bryce is a Senior Lecturer whose work has ranged across temperate and tropical seas. He specialises in improving the management of fisheries and studying the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas.

Brett Sallach

Brett is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York and studies the fate and effects of emerging pollutants in the environment.

Karen Parkhill

I am an Associate Professor in Human Geography with expertise in public and stakeholder attitudes to energy and environmental risk issues (e.g. climate engineering and climate change).

Joshua Kirshner

Joshua Kirshner is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in the University of York’s Department of Environment and Geography. My research focuses on urban development and climate planning and energy.

Eleanor Jew

Eleanor Jew is a Lecturer in Environment and Development at the University of York, teaching on a BA in Global Development, a new degree course. Her research addresses land-use change in Africa.

Who developed the course?

University of York

The University of York combines the pursuit of academic excellence with a culture of inclusion, which encourages everyone – from a variety of backgrounds – to achieve their best.

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