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Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions, Course 1


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About This Program

Climate change is an urgent problem that affects everything from human health and food security to immigration patterns and water resources. The good news is that solutions to reduce the threat of climate change are within reach. This series of four short courses focuses on the multidimensional aspects of the climate change problem and presents a set of solutions, from technological innovation and ecosystem management to market mechanisms and behavior change, designed to disrupt the effects of climate change. Learn how everyone, including individuals, communities, businesses, and religious leaders, can take action and bend the curve of climate change towards a more sustainable future.

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Program Director

Veerabhadran Ramanathan
Distinguished Professor, Atmospheric and Climate Sciences
Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego

Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions, Course 1:

This first course begins the learner’s journey of discovery into the climate crisis. We begin with an exploration of the science, including the human contribution to the crisis. We will develop a multi-faceted framework into which all solutions will be organized. Our first solution will focus on societal transformation and the leadership role that each of us can play in solving the climate crisis.

Pursue a verified certificate from UC San Diego to highlight the knowledge and skills you gain.

Students completing all four courses, and paying the $49 per course fee, will receive a Statement of Accomplishment, signed by Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan with the UC San Diego logo to verify your achievement. By completing the series, you will be able to identify and create a climate action plan applicable to your own local, regional, national and/or international community, and will have access to additional course content including graded knowledge checks and peer-instruction exercises.

Complimentary access to the first three courses is also available to students who would like to view the videos, read course materials, and participate in online discussions, without access to the full suite of activities.

Meet Your Course 1 Lecturers

  • Jon Christensen, UC Los Angeles
  • David Pellow, UC Santa Barbara
  • Jonathan Cole, MiraCosta College
  • Veerabhadran Ramanathan, UC San Diego
  • Fonna Forman, UC San Diego
  • Eric Rignot, UC Irvine
  • Hahrie Han, Johns Hopkins University
  • Gina Solomon, UC San Francisco
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University
  • Richard C. J. Somerville, UC San Diego
  • Michelle Niemann, Independent Writing Consultant and Editor
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University

Take the Next Step in Becoming a Climate Change Warrior:

Frequently Asked Questions

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We recommend that you take the courses in their numbered order.
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There are no prerequisites for the first three courses. To take Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions Course 4, students must have taken the first three courses in the Program.
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No, you can complete the courses across multiple course runs.
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No, course progress does not carry over across course runs.

All Program Lecturers

  • Roger Aines, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • David Pellow, UC Santa Barbara
  • Maximilian Auffhammer, UC Berkeley
  • Keith Pezzoli, UC San Diego
  • Matthew Barth, UC Riverside
  • Daniel Press, UC Santa Cruz
  • J. Brouwer, UC Irvine
  • Veerabhadran Ramanathan, UC San Diego
  • Jon Christensen, UC Los Angeles
  • Eric Rignot, UC Irvine
  • Matthew St. Clair, University of California Office of the President
  • Scott Samuelsen, UC Irvine
  • Jonathan Cole, MiraCosta College
  • Whendee L. Silver, UC Berkeley
  • Stephen Davis, UC Irvine
  • Richard C. J. Somerville, UC San Diego
  • Fonna Forman, UC San Diego
  • Gina Solomon, UC San Francisco
  • Hahrie Han, Johns Hopkins University
  • Daniel Sperling, UC Davis
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University
  • Mark R. Jacobsen, UC San Diego
  • David G. Victor, UC San Diego
  • Michelle Niemann, Independent Writing Consultant and Editor
  • Durwood Zaelke, UC Santa Barbara
  1. Course Number

    BtC-1
  2. Classes Start

  3. Classes End

  4. Estimated Effort

    5:00
  5. Course Length

    18 weeks