Expand climate education opportunities and resources for the UBC community and broader public

Educators at UBC must prepare their students to engage as leaders in the world and address contemporary intersecting global challenges such as the climate crisis, Indigenous rights and recognition, systemic racism, massive wealth inequality, and the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Though many UBC faculty are already leading climate- related coursework, they are dispersed across different campuses, faculties, and departments without any structural framework to coordinate them. A comprehensive climate education should address knowledge deficits by improving climate literacy, expand climate-themed educational and professional opportunities and experiences, engage with Indigenous scholarship, and incorporate principles of wellness for UBC community members and the public.

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As a result of the CETF Report, UBC is strengthening efforts to ensure that all undergraduate and graduate students have access to climate education within their discipline, supporting further climate education pedagogy and curriculum development, and expanding climate-related professional development opportunities.

Project

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Climate Studies and Action Certificate: A new 18-credit interdisciplinary climate themed certificate for UBC students is under development by Associate Professor Tara Ivanochko and Associate Professor Jessica Dempsey. The certificate will feature 2 new introductory courses (Climate Emergency and Climate Justice), a series of 3, 1-credit Climate Action Labs and a Climate Action Capstone course. Curriculum documents are currently under review by the Faculty of Arts with anticipated first offerings in Sep 2022. Nov 2021. Learn more.

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Climate Climate Teaching Connector: Launched in 2020, this innovative program to connects course instructors with climate experts to integrate climate change-related content into undergraduate courses. Currently expanding in year two. July 2021. Learn more.

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Climate Education Grants: Program launched in fall 2020 to support faculty to strengthen climate change content and teaching approaches in 15 undergraduate and graduate courses. The 2021 proposal deadline is Dec. 17th 2021. Nov 2021. Learn more.

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Climate Justice Research Collaborative: An opportunity for undergraduate students to collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects focused on climate change and climate justice. Students receive course credit and projects are undertaken with the supervision of faculty and the mentorship of graduate students. July 2021. Learn more.

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Climate Course Collection: A curated course collection highlighting UBC Vancouver courses with climate change-related content, in particular courses that can be taken with low or no pre-requisites. July 2021. Learn more.

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Climate Justice Research Collaborative

Explore how the landscape for investing is shaped by climate change, including an introduction to the financial rAn opportunity for undergraduate students at UBC to collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects focused on climate change and climate justice, for course credit. Projects are undertaken with the supervision of faculty and the mentorship of graduate students.

Climate Change Courses

Browse climate change-related courses available to UBC undergraduate and graduate students at the Vancouver campus. Curated by the UBC Sustainability Initiative, courses are organized by restrictions (including no- to low-restriction), categories (including climate justice and social science, climate science, and climate change mitigation and adaptation), or by year of study.

Y Talk Climate

A weekly climate change podcast from two MIT alumni An expert podcast series on mobilizing youth for climate action by BCCIC Climate Change, the BC Council for International Cooperation’s youth-led climate change initiative.

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