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Be part of the action with our free “Live at COP26” online course

This two-week course, which runs in parallel with the COP26 conference, offers you an opportunity to examine what COP26 is, why it’s important and reflect on how learners can add their voice to the call for collective action for a sustainable future.

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The 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) is being held in Glasgow, Scotland between 31st October and 12th November 2021. It will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree and accelerate coordinated global action on climate change.

This course, developed by The University of Edinburgh, British Council, and Learning for Sustainability Scotland, will help learners explore the broader context of COP26 and consider other key frameworks such as COP15 (The UN Convention on Biological Diversity) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Throughout the course, we will share ‘live’ insights into the issues being discussed at COP26, as well as responses to the conference themes from children and young people, community groups and ministerial bodies, both nationally and internationally. Using these ‘starting points’, we will invite learners to reflect on what they have heard, watched and read and think about what these conversations and issues mean to them. We will provide opportunities for discussion and reflection and will share ideas and inspiration to help us all take our next steps beyond the Conference.

Learners can become part of our shared learning community, where everyone, course team included, is encouraged to reflect, share and learn with and from one another during COP26. Enrol now!

Learning for a Sustainable Future: Live at COP26

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We also have several other ongoing short courses that align with the sustainability themes of COP26:

Interested in educational approaches to sustainability? You might also be interested in a 5-week version of the “Live at COP26” course, “Learning for a Sustainable Future”, where you’ll explore a range of global, community and school-based contexts and develop an informed personal response to major challenges, such as climate change and gender equality.

Learn how to tackle climate change, the biggest challenge the world has faced in the 21st century.

Explore the technology that can provide a long-term solution to protect our atmosphere from an excess of carbon dioxide.

Learn about nitrogen’s vital role in human development, and how its misuse now threatens us. This course is also available in various other languages: Bengali, Dari, Hindi, Hungarian, Nepalese, Sinhalese and Urdu. 

Practice and enhance your critical thinking skills while considering global challenges that affect us all. This course is no longer live but all the audio and video files from the course are still available.

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