Free online course on climate change offered by Cornell University; starts Sept. 11

climate change illustration copyright Stofko
Illustration by Connie Oswald Stofko

A free online course called “Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action” will be offered by Cornell University.

It is aimed at Cooperative Extension educators, Master Gardener volunteers, state and local government, land trusts and other non-profits, and others interested in an introduction to climate change science and how to communicate effectively about this important topic.

The course will be held from Sept. 11 to Oct. 1. Participants should plan on an average of 3-4 hours a week of work during the course. A final project is due Oct. 15.

Course material will be delivered via video lecture and readings. Course participants may complete assignments alone or with other students. The course will use the learning management software Canvas for all videos, readings, assignments and discussions, and a closed Facebook group as an optional discussion platform where instructors and participants can post resources, pose questions and “meet” others with similar interests.

Participants will learn about climate change science, communication, and action from experts and apply this knowledge to local climate action projects.

Register online here.

Get more information here or email

Even if you don’t want to sign up for the course, check out this page from Cornell on what gardeners can do about climate change.



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