Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action

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About this course: Are you concerned about climate change? Would you like to learn how to address and respond to this challenge? If so, this course is for you. Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action is intended to help learners understand, address and respond to climate change as individuals and in partnership with their communities and political leaders. The course focuses on how to translate learning into action on climate change in the areas of food, energy, transportation and the built environment (cities). It was designed by students for students, faculty, and learning specialists. A range of academic climate change experts and professional leaders are…

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About this course: Are you concerned about climate change? Would you like to learn how to address and respond to this challenge? If so, this course is for you. Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action is intended to help learners understand, address and respond to climate change as individuals and in partnership with their communities and political leaders. The course focuses on how to translate learning into action on climate change in the areas of food, energy, transportation and the built environment (cities). It was designed by students for students, faculty, and learning specialists. A range of academic climate change experts and professional leaders are featured. As a result of completing this course, you will be able to: 1) Identify individual, community, and political actions you can engage in to effectively address and respond to climate change. 2) Describe how insights from the social sciences can be employed to create change at the individual, community, and political levels. 3) Feel empowered to continue to influence how you, your community, and political leaders address and respond to climate change.

Who is this class for: This course was designed for individuals who would like to learn more about actions they can take to lessen the impact of climate change and respond to a changing climate. There are no prerequisites for this course, and we do not assume that you have a background in climate science.

Created by:  University of Michigan
  • Taught by:  Michaela Zint, Professor of Environmental Education and Communication

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Introduction
As part of this introductory lesson, we will help you explore your motivations for taking this course, briefly introduce you to the current state of climate science and policy, and prepare you for taking actions on climate change throughout the course.


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  1. 阅读: Syllabus
  2. Video: Welcome to the course
  3. 阅读: Welcome to Act on Climate
  4. 讨论提示: Introduce yourself
  5. 阅读: Optional resources
  6. 阅读: Help us learn more about you!
  7. 阅读: Climate science and policy
  8. 阅读: Optional resources
  9. Video: Meet Dahlia
  10. 阅读: Climate mitigation and adaptation
  11. Video: Meet the expert - Dr. Rosina Bierbaum
  12. 阅读: Video references and optional resources
  13. 阅读: Optional resources
  14. 阅读: Action types
  15. 阅读: Co-benefits and climate justice
  16. 阅读: Looking ahead
  17. 阅读: Take action to ensure your future success
  18. 阅读: Optional resources
  19. 阅读: Quiz: Assessment of actions
  20. 讨论提示: What actions did you take?

Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Assessment of actions

WEEK 2


Food



Food is part of our everyday lives. From breakfast to dinner, we make choices that affect the planet. This week, you will hear from Chris about his journey toward vegetarianism, and you will learn from Dr. Sara Soderstrom about social movement theory and food businesses in Detroit, as well as actions that you can take to make food choices that can mitigate climate change.


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  1. Video: Meet Chris
  2. 阅读: Food and climate change
  3. Video: Meet the Expert: Dr. Sara Soderstrom
  4. 阅读: Case Study
  5. 讨论提示: Social movements
  6. 阅读: Looking ahead
  7. 阅读: Anna’s story
  8. 阅读: Option 1: Eat less red meat
  9. 阅读: Option 2: Reduce food waste
  10. 阅读: Optional resources
  11. 阅读: Brandon’s story
  12. 阅读: Engage with your community about food
  13. 阅读: Nolan’s story
  14. 阅读: Influence decision making
  15. 阅读: Alison’s story
  16. 阅读: Participate in farmer-to-consumer programs
  17. 阅读: Optional resources
  18. 阅读: Quiz: Assessment of actions
  19. 讨论提示: What actions did you take?

Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Assessment of actions

WEEK 3


Energy



We use energy in almost everything we do, but there are also many ways we can reduce emissions from our energy consumption. This week, you will hear from Benjamin about saving energy in cold winters and from Dr. Kaitlin Raimi about the theory of environmental peer persuasion. You will also learn several actions you can take to reduce energy consumption in your home, on your campus, and in your community.


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  1. Video: Meet Benjamin
  2. Video: Meet the expert - Dr. Kaitlin Raimi
  3. 阅读: Case study
  4. 讨论提示: What would a climate action plan look like in your community?
  5. 阅读: Looking ahead
  6. 阅读: Stephanie’s story
  7. 阅读: Energy consumption
  8. 阅读: Optional resources
  9. 讨论提示: Other tools for tracking energy use
  10. 阅读: Alison’s story
  11. 阅读: Attend a community meeting about alternative energy
  12. 阅读: Yousef’s story
  13. 阅读: Promote divestment from fossil fuels
  14. 阅读: Stephanie’s story
  15. 阅读: Prepare for climate-related emergencies
  16. 阅读: Optional resources
  17. 阅读: Quiz: Assessment of actions
  18. 讨论提示: What actions did you take?

Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Assessment of actions

WEEK 4


Transportation



Transportation is part of everyday life. This week, you will hear from Stephanie about the collective impact of personal transportation decisions and from Brandon Schoettle about how driving decisions impact greenhouse gas emissions. You will also examine popular ride-hailing services, as well as actions that you can take to make transportation choices that can mitigate climate change, and ultimately you will learn to support a more resilient transportation system.


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  1. Video: Meet Stephanie
  2. 阅读: Video references and optional resources
  3. Video: Meet the expert - Brandon Schoettle
  4. 阅读: Video references
  5. 讨论提示: Reflection on Brandon’s interview
  6. 阅读: Case study
  7. 阅读: Optional resources
  8. 讨论提示: The tricky issue of ride-hailing and carpooling
  9. 阅读: Looking ahead
  10. 阅读: Anne Marie’s story
  11. 阅读: Reduce emissions from transportation
  12. 阅读: Haley’s story
  13. 阅读: Join or organize a community bike event
  14. 阅读: Derell’s story
  15. 阅读: Interacting with your transit authority
  16. 阅读: Encourage resilient transportation
  17. 阅读: Optional resources
  18. 阅读: Quiz: Assessment of actions
  19. 讨论提示: What actions did you take?

Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Assessment of actions

WEEK 5


Built Environment



There is a complex relationship between our lives and the built infrastructure with which we interact on a daily basis. This week, you will learn about one theory of urban design - “New Urbanism” - and use it as a way to explore these relationships and how you can reimagine the built environment as a means to act on climate change. You will also learn about how one city used deliberative democracy to transform their built environment and move toward carbon neutrality. Together, the content will assist you in identifying how the built environment can be transformed to address the effects of climate change.


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  1. Video: Meet Haley
  2. 阅读: Why the built environment is important
  3. Video: Meet the expert - Doug Kelbaugh
  4. 阅读: Case study
  5. 阅读: Lessons from Geraldton - Interview with Janette Hartz-Karp
  6. 阅读: Optional resources
  7. 阅读: Looking ahead
  8. 阅读: The breakdown on New Urbanism
  9. 阅读: Explore your city with New Urbanism
  10. 阅读: Melanie’s story
  11. 阅读: Participate in a resource sharing program
  12. 讨论提示: Community resources
  13. 阅读: Chris’s story
  14. 阅读: Contact local government about using democratic reform
  15. 讨论提示: Deliberative democracy and participatory budgeting near you
  16. 阅读: Optional resources
  17. 阅读: Plant a tree
  18. 阅读: Optional resources
  19. 阅读: Quiz: Assessment of actions
  20. 讨论提示: What actions did you take?

Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Assessment of actions

WEEK 6


Climate Action Plan



This week, you will apply ideas you learned in this course, learn about another relevant social change theory, and develop your own Personal Climate Action Plan. As part of this plan you will identify individual and community-related actions that you can take to mitigate the impact of increased greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change after completing this course.


2 videos, 6 readings expand


  1. Video: Meet Priscila
  2. 阅读: Introduction to Climate Action Plans
  3. 阅读: Case study
  4. Video: Meet the expert - Dr. Jennifer Hirsch
  5. 阅读: Optional resources
  6. 阅读: Bringing it home - Community Climate Action Plan
  7. 讨论提示: Apply the asset-based approach to your community
  8. 阅读: Introduction to Personal Climate Action Plan Assignment
  9. 阅读: Build your Personal Climate Action Plan

Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Peer review

WEEK 7


Conclusion



You have now learned about a variety of theories of social change and tried a range of mitigation and adaptation actions. We hope that this will not be the end! During this concluding week, we will provide you with resources to continue to engage in climate actions, including: making new practices “stick,” how to work with your community, and why you might even consider making a bigger commitment, like running for political office.


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  1. Video: Meet Sachi
  2. 阅读: Introduction
  3. Video: Meet the expert - Dr. Raymond De Young
  4. 阅读: Optional resources
  5. 阅读: Improving community engagement
  6. 阅读: Optional resources: Climate-related films
  7. 阅读: Run for office
  8. 阅读: Optional resources
  9. Video: Meet the expert - State Representative Yousef Rabhi
  10. 讨论提示: Activism through art
  11. Video: Meet the expert - Mayor Amanda Edmonds
  12. 讨论提示: Reflection survey
  13. Video: Dr. Michaela Zint concludes the course
  14. 阅读: Acknowledgments
  15. 阅读: Post-Course Survey

Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Check your understanding
Graded: Assessment of overall actions
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