Climate change

Self-paced course

8 hours


Welcome to:
Climate Change: From Learning to Action

Coming up in autumn 2019!

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Think, Learn, Act Climate!

The course helps you understand what is climate change, how it affects you and others, and what can be done to address it. After completing the course, learners will be able to explain:

  • What is climate change?
  • How to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change?
  • What opportunities exist for a low carbon future?
  • How to plan and finance climate actions?
  • How climate negotiations work?
Learners will also develop a concrete action or project to tackle climate change!

The course at a glance

  • Module 1

    What is climate change and how does it affect us?

  • Module 2

    How to adapt to climate change?

  • Module 3

    How to mitigate climate change?

  • Module 4

    How to plan and finance action on climate change?

  • Module 5

    How do climate change negotiations work?

  • Module 6

    How to tackle climate change in practice?

Each module takes 2 hours to complete and features videos, lessons and exercises that give you an overview of a different aspect of climate change!

Your Instructors

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    Maxx Diley

    Director, Climate Prediction and Adaptation, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

    Prior to joining WMO, Maxx led the Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Team and was a policy and partnerships advisor at the United Nations Development Programme. He was previously a Research Scientist in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University in New York. Before that he worked at the World Bank Disaster Management Facility and at the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. He has designed, managed and contributed to disaster and risk management programs in Africa, Latin America and Asia and has authored numerous papers on disaster reduction and climate-related topics.

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    Motsomi Maletjane

    Team Leader, LDC Unit, National Adaptation Plans and Policy, Adaptation Programme, UNFCCC Secretariat

    Motsomi Maletjane is a Team Leader in the Adaptation Programme of the UNFCCC Secretariat, under the National Adaptation Plans and Policy Subprogramme. He works on matters relating to LDCs under the Convention, and supports the work of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group on the national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs), the national adaptation plans (NAPs) and the LDC work programme. Prior to joining the Secretariat, Motsomi worked for the Government of Lesotho, supporting various areas of climate related work, ranging from climate scenarios to development and implementation of climate change adaptation strategy.

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    Miguel Naranjo

    Programme Officer, Global Climate Action, UNFCCC Secretariat

    Miguel Naranjo is a Programme Officer with the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. With a background on Chemical Engineering and Business Administration, he worked as process engineer and environmental supervisor for a transnational corporation and later joined the climate change team of UN Environment in the regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean. He joined the UN Climate Change Secretariat in 2011, where he has focused in capacity building for mitigation and carbon market mechanisms, and promoting climate action among the private sector and other stakeholders to meet the goals of the Paris Agreements and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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    Steven Stone

    Chief of Resources and Markets Branch, UN Environment

    Steven holds a PhD in Resource Economics from Cornell University and has more than 20 years of professional experience in environmental and natural resource management. As Chief of Branch, Steven directs a team dedicated to furthering the knowledge base and outreach and support to countries on environmental and resource economics as key components of economic, trade and investment policy. Some of the key flagships he has helped to incubate include the Green Economy Initiative, the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), and the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), among others.

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    Dr. Martin Frick

    Senior Director, Policy and Program Coordination, UNFCCC Secretariat

    Martin Frick oversees as Senior Director UNFCCC’s work supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement and climate action.  He previously served as director for climate change at UNFAO. He was the German representative for human rights and humanitarian affairs at the UN General Assembly and served as the European Union’s lead negotiator in the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council. As Ambassador to the international organizations based in Germany, he helped building up the UN’s sustainability hub in Bonn. He holds a PhD in law and was a guest lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

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    Niclas Svenningsen

    Manager, Global Climate Action, UNFCCC Secretariat

    Niclas Svenningsen is the Manager for Global Climate Action unit in the UNFCCC Secretariat. In this capacity he is responsible for developing and strengthening approaches and strategies for catalysing climate action under, and in addition to, activities mandated by UNFCCC. He was previously working in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) where he was in charge of the climate neutral strategy of the UN system, as well as for the implementation of UNEP’s programmes for sustainable buildings, urban development, and sustainable procurement. Niclas has a background in civil engineering and environmental law.

Three Levels of Climate Fitness

You can learn according to your own needs, interests and time availability. But remember! - the time and efforts you put in the course will correspond to your climate abilities!

Three levels of climate learning and corresponding CLIMATE FITNESS can be obtained via the course:

Level 1

You know climate - Watch all the video lectures and complete all quizzes

Level 2

You can teach climateComplete all the videos, lessons, and quizzes

Level 3

You can act climateComplete all videos, lessons, activities and quizzes.

Get your Certificate

Certificate will be available upon completion of the course. Once you have completed 70% of the activities (including quizzes, video lectures and exercises), you will receive a certificate of completion.

Special thanks to all UN CC:Learn Partners for the development of this course!