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UNDERSTANDING

CLIMATE CHANGE

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Level 2 Certifcate

Introducing CLIMATE science

and key concepts

Climate change is a complex and pressing issue that affects the entire planet. Understanding the science behind it is crucial to finding solutions and taking action. The Blue Marble Understanding Climate Change and Environmental Awareness course provides a comprehensive overview of the causes and effects of climate change, as well as the latest research and potential solutions.

This programme leads to a Level 2 Award certificated by NCFE.

 

Understanding Climate Change and

Environmental Awareness

Understanding Climate Change and Environmental Awareness is a fully accredited course leading a Level 2 certificate from NCFE. You will learn about the environment, what it offers us as well as the challenges it faces. We discuss climate change and global warming including causes, impacts and why the changing climate has been classed as an emergency and we consider the role and responsibilities of governments, individuals, industries and organisations in sustainable development. You will learn about greenhouse gases and study the impacts of global warming such as ocean acidification, rising sea levels, drought, melting glaciers and loss of biodiversity. The course incudes a study of pollution control measures and environmental legislation.
 
The programme is taught through engaging and interactive e-learning, online seminar groups and 1-2-1 tutorials. Your Blue Marble teaching team includes a course convener, subject experts and postgraduate facilitators.

Modules:

  1. Course Introduction
  2. Blue Marble e-Learning Tools
  1. Environment and Society
  2. Climate Change
  3. Impacts of Global Warming
  4. Sustainability
  5. The Three Pillars of Sustainability
  6. Sustainable Futures
  1. Meet with your tutors and peers online.
  2. Submit work and discuss grades
  3. Prep for next module
  1. Industrial Sectors and Environmental Impact
  2. Environmental Protection
  3. The Principles of Environmental Protection
  4. Environmental Legislation
  5. Pollution
  6. Pollution Control
  1. Meet with your tutors and peers online.
  2. Submit work and discuss grades
  3. Prep for next module
  1. Resource and Waste Efficiency
  2. The Waste Hierarchy
  3. Waste Classification and Legislation
  4. Recycling
  5. Reducing Consumption
  6. Renewables
  7. Business and Energy Efficiency
  8. Carbon Footprints
  9. Water Management
  1. Meet with your tutors and peers online.
  2. Submit work and discuss grades
  3. Prep for next module
  1. Written test
  2. Assignment
  3. Assessment
Course Primer:

Understanding Climate Change
Course Details

Weekly study
FIVE hours
Duration
six WEEKS
Accreditation
NCFE
Cost
£850
Online
100% online
Support
course tutor
Level
Level 2
Group Size
12 Learners

BACKRgOUND READING

The Science Behind Climate Change: Understanding the Causes and Effects

Climate change is a complex and pressing issue that affects the entire planet. Understanding the science behind it is crucial to finding solutions and taking action. This guide provides a comprehensive overview of the causes and effects of climate change, as well as the latest research and potential solutions.
The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming

The greenhouse effect is a natural process that occurs when certain gases in the Earth’s atmosphere trap heat from the sun, keeping the planet warm enough to support life. However, human activities such as burning fossil fuels and deforestation have increased the levels of these gases, particularly carbon dioxide, in the atmosphere. This has led to an enhanced greenhouse effect, causing the Earth’s temperature to rise and resulting in global warming. The effects of global warming include rising sea levels, more frequent and severe weather events, and changes in ecosystems and wildlife populations.

Human Activities and Their Impact on Climate Change

Human activities have had a significant impact on climate change. The burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and gas, releases large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Deforestation, which involves cutting down trees and other vegetation, also contributes to climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that can be absorbed by plants. Other human activities, such as agriculture and transportation, also release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These activities have led to an enhanced greenhouse effect, causing the Earth’s temperature to rise and resulting in global warming.

Natural Causes of Climate Change

While human activities have had a significant impact on climate change, there are also natural causes that contribute to this global issue. These include volcanic eruptions, which release large amounts of gases and particles into the atmosphere, and changes in the Earth’s orbit and tilt, which can affect the amount of sunlight that reaches the planet. Additionally, natural processes such as the carbon cycle, which involves the exchange of carbon between the atmosphere, oceans, and land, also play a role in climate change. However, it is important to note that the current rate of climate change is much faster than what would occur naturally, highlighting the need for immediate action to address this issue.

Effects of Climate Change on the Environment and Society

Climate change has a wide range of effects on both the environment and society. Rising temperatures and changing weather patterns can lead to more frequent and severe natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. These events can cause significant damage to infrastructure, homes, and businesses, as well as loss of life. Climate change also affects ecosystems, leading to changes in the distribution and behavior of plant and animal species, and threatening biodiversity. Additionally, climate change can have economic impacts, such as decreased agricultural productivity and increased healthcare costs due to heat-related illnesses. It is important to address climate change in order to mitigate these effects and protect both the environment and society.

Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies to Address Climate Change

Mitigation and adaptation are two strategies that can be used to address climate change. Mitigation involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which are the main cause of climate change. This can be done through a variety of methods, such as transitioning to renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency, and implementing carbon capture and storage technologies. Adaptation, on the other hand, involves preparing for and responding to the impacts of climate change that are already occurring or are expected to occur in the future. This can include measures such as building sea walls to protect against rising sea levels, developing drought-resistant crops, and improving emergency response systems. Both mitigation and adaptation strategies are important for addressing climate change and reducing its impacts on the environment and society.

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Meet your Blue Marble course authors and learning support team ...

Jessica Pickard

Blue Marble e-Learning platform administrator, Onboarding Supervisor and Learning Mentor

Jessica Pickard

Blue Marble e-Learning platform administrator, Onboarding Supervisor and Learning Mentor

Jessica is a teacher, trainer, author, journalist, researcher and e-learning author with more than 30 years experience. Her job is to convene your course, facilitate seminars and collect your feedback.

Jessica works with Blue Marble learning teams to continually improve curriculum content and e-learning interactions.

Shikwambi Nduuvako

Graduate Chemist, Waste Water Scientist, Namibia University of Science and Technology

Shikwambi Nduuvako

Graduate Chemist, Waste Water Scientist, Namibia University of Science and Technology.

Shikwambi holds an MSC in Applied Chemistry and Natural Sciences gain at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

Now working towards a BENg (Masters of Environment Engineering) in Water Management Shikwambi helps facilitate our Understanding Sustainability seminars and tutorials.

James Griffiths

Postgraduate in Environmental and Climate Change Science, Kent University

James Griffiths

Postgraduate in Environmental and Climate Change Science, Kent University

James has helped us produce the e-learning content on your course and will be supporting your seminar group.

Zuniara Nawaz

Blue Marble e-Learning platform administrator, Onboarding Supervisor and Learning Mentor

Zunaira Nawz

Blue Marble e-Learning platform administrator, Onboarding Supervisor and Learning Mentor

Zunaira is your Onboarding Supervisor and Learning Mentor. She works with you to make sure that you understand the course, what you have to do and how to do it.

She's on hand to trouble shoot and problem solves and knows our systems and processes inside. Zunaira IS our help desk !

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