From Germany to Oregon, this week we have seen unprecedented climate disasters across the globe. From floods to fires, nature has kicked back this week against our abuse of the planet and its resources. 

While steps are being taken at the highest level to combat climate change and preserve our world’s natural beauty and resources, it’s down to all of us as individuals to do our fair share and put pressure on decision makers to act quickly and responsibly. The first step, before action, is education. At Alison, we are dedicated to empowering people through learning and not just in terms of career development. We believe that by informing our learners about the realities of climate change, we can empower them to play their part in protecting our planet. Here are five vital courses for informing yourself about the hurdles facing our world and how we can contribute to overcoming them

1. Know The Science

In these strange times of fake news and “alternative facts”, climate change has become a mire of conflicting narratives, many of them false. With so much at stake, it’s crucial that you ground yourself in the scientific realities of the effect humanity is having on the planet.

2. Floods

Western Europe has been devastated by flooding this week, with a shocking loss of life in some of the world’s most developed economies. It goes to show that climate change does not discriminate in who it affects. This course will bring you up to speed in how we can best manage our water ways to avoid similar devastation in the future.

3. Fires

The Bootleg Fire currently raging in Oregon in the north-west of the United States is covering an area the size of the city of Los Angeles. Over 300,000 acres have been scorched by the blaze which has resulted in thousands of evacuations and the destruction of countless homes. As the planet’s temperature increases, learning how to safely manage the Earth’s forests is becoming increasingly important in order to guarantee the safety of millions of people living near wooded areas.

4. Fuels

One of the shining hopes for the future is the success we’re seeing in alternative energy sources. From wind to solar, biofuel to geothermal, humanity has gone back to the drawing board and come up with a variety of green alternatives to fossil fuels. However, just this week, oil-producing nations have decided to increase their output of crude oil, showing that it’s still vital to spread awareness of fossil fuel replacements in order to reduce demand for these damaging fuels.

5. Environmental Management

Whether it’s your garden, the fields behind your house or your office green space, there is no patch of earth too small to make a difference. This course will teach you everything you need to know to improve the environmental conditions of the spaces nearest to you and closest to your heart. It covers topics as wide-ranging as water quality, species diversity and sustainability.

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