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Whether you’re enrolled as a student at UBC or looking for resources to continue learning, there are courses and educational materials for you.  


UBC Faculty, Staff, or Students

Catalyst Program

The Catalyst program offers three streams for students to get involved: Engage – where students participate at their own pace, Amplify – where students engage with directed groups, and Lead – where students offer high level leadership.

Certificate in Climate Studies and Action

Learn how to put climate research into action, with a unique program that can be added to any UBC undergraduate degree.

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, categories, or by year of study.

Student Directed Seminars

Coordinate and lead a small 3-credit seminar on a topic not currently offered at UBC. Get involved by becoming a student coordinator or by being a student participant in a seminar.

Introduction to Climate Action at UBC: Self-Paced Canvas Course

This course will provide you with an overview of Climate Action at UBC Vancouver, including UBC’s Climate Emergency Response, Climate-Related Student Engagement Opportunities, and Tips For Adopting a Climate-Friendly Campus Lifestyle. All students are welcome, from newcomers to this topic to seasoned climate and sustainability champs!

Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) Climate-Related Courses

Many EOAS courses incorporate aspects of how anthropogenic climate change is perturbing Earth systems. Here they are divided into four categories: The diagnostics of the problem, the impacts,  the solutions, and the study of fundamentals of the climate system.

Weaving Relations

NEW Deepen your understanding of Indigenous histories, people, and contexts, as well as settler colonialism in Canada, through this new self-directed course developed jointly by the Faculty of Applied Science and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

Public Courses

UN CC: e-learn

Discover a wide variety of topics on climate change and climate justice topics that are self-paced and free to access.

Health Effects of Climate Change (Harvard University)

An opportunity for students to dive deep into the impact of climate change on nutrition, migration, and infectious diseases and strategies to mitigate and adapt to these impacts, as well as research methods used in this field.

Climate Science, Risk and Solutions (MIT)

An introduction to climate science, climate change and anthropogenic climate change, including the threats and impact of anthropogenic climate change on ecosystems and human health, as well as prospective solutions.

Nature-based Solutions for Disaster and Climate Resilience (SDG Academy)

Explore how nature-based solutions that respond to disaster and the impacts of climate change are important to building the resilience of households and communities against increasing numbers of disaster events around the world.

Climate Change and Resilience in Food Systems (University of Leeds)

Learn about strategies designed to mitigate the effects of climate change on agriculture and food systems by exploring research methods that help predict the impact of climate change on these systems.

Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries (University of Cape Town)

Students are challenged to consider how societies might be lifted out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, by exploring the complexity of governments wanting to grow their economies and remain climate friendly.

Read More About It

UBC resources: 

  • UBC Climate Emergency 101 by UBC Climate Hub link 
  • UBC Library Climate Change Research Guide link 
  • UBC Library Decolonization & Anti-Racism Guide link 

Beyond UBC resources: 

  • Climate Atlas of Canada – articles  
  • IPCC
    • IPCC 6th Assessment report link 
    • IPCC Special Report 1.5 link 
  • Shake Up the Estab Climate Crisis Learning Module link 

Are you looking for ways to take climate action for a just and sustainable future?