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Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions

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

Ram Ramanathan
Distinguished Professor, Atmospheric and Climate Sciences
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego


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.

Each of the four courses contains up to seven units of material. It is anticipated that each unit will take between 3 and 6 hours of time to complete. Courses are scheduled to begin throughout the year.

Complimentary access to the first three courses is 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend that you take the courses in their numbered order.
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.
No, you can complete the courses across multiple course runs.
No, course progress does not carry over across course runs.

All Program Lecturers

  • Fonna Forman, UC San Diego
  • Ram Ramanathan, UC San Diego
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Take the Next Step in Becoming a Climate Change Warrior!

  • Average Length
    16 weeks per course
  • Effort
    3-6 hours per week, per course
  • Number of Courses
    4 courses in program

Courses in the Statement of Accomplishment


Distinguished Professor, Atmospheric and Climate Sciences
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego