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  • Business and climate change
    2LEVEL
    Environment 

    Business and climate change

    Businesses can be affected both directly from climate change and indirectly through government policies. Risks can occur from the impacts of predicted climate change effects such as increased temperature, extreme weather events, disrupted ecosystems and flooding of land. This unit is wrried for small and medium enterprises and people interested in how businesses can respond to climate change. It introduces key concepts such as risk, corporate social responsibility and engaging employees and enables businesses to quickly grasp the issues and opportunities for managing risks. Unit authored by Dr. Barbara L Jones

  • Case studies of sustainable design and eco efficiency
    1LEVEL
    Environment 

    Case studies of sustainable design and eco efficiency

    This unit examines how companies and individual designers have established a distinctive profile and have invested much of their creativity towards Sustainable Product Design (SPD).

  • Developing communities of eco business practice
    1LEVEL
    Environment 

    Developing communities of eco business practice

    This unit examines the development of eco-business practice and local eco-business communities and will outline the public, participatory and inclusive imperitives.

  • Ecology
    1LEVEL
    Environment 

    Ecology

    Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with each other and with their environment – a truly vast area of biology. The original course examined the biological principles that are the basis for analysing and understanding ecological situations, and should give you some of the skills and knowledge needed by professional ecologists.

  • Geoengineering, Permaculture and Transition Towns
    0LEVEL
    Science 

    Geoengineering, Permaculture and Transition Towns

    There is increasing concern among meteorologists working with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that governments will not curb greenhouse emissions enough to prevent dangerous levels of warming, usually considered to be 2C by 2100. Many members of the public must share this pessimism, and are also concerned about dwindling supplies of low cost petroleum. Among the possible responses to holding such a belief are: denial / avoidance, campaigning and focussing on adaptation. In this unit we will look at three alternative responses, all outside of mainstream thinking: geoengineering, permaculture and Transition Towns.

  • Grow your own loaf
    0LEVEL
    Environment 

    Grow your own loaf

    This course for primary teachers looks at the importance of soil, some things to think about around planting and how easy it is to grow your own grain in school or at home.

  • How do we adapt agriculture to climate change?
    1LEVEL
    Environment 

    How do we adapt agriculture to climate change?

    This unit looks at how industrial agriculture is one of the anthropogenic causes of climate change. It goes on to consider what adaptations must be adopted in order to mitigate its impact on climate change. The concept of food security is introduced and its link to climate change explored. Finally, the notion of adapting agriculture through the way we design and live in cities is presented.

  • How non human species adapt to climatic changes
    1LEVEL
    Environment 

    How non human species adapt to climatic changes

    This unit explores the effects of anthropogenic climate change on non human species. It explores examples of the way that different non human species adapt to climate change. It uses basic ideas in ecology to examine how species will, and, already are, adapting to changing climates. Finally, it looks at how these adaptations will affect biodiversity within the UK.

  • Human activity and climate change
    0LEVEL
    Environment 

    Human activity and climate change

    This unit seeks to identify a workplace’s impact on global climate change through its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), notably carbon dioxide (CO₂), the most common such gas. It will then provide some guidance on how best to reduce that footprint, looking in turn at behavioural and management issues, relatively straightforward physical measures and transport.

  • Impact and our options for stabilising climate change
    0LEVEL
    Environment 

    Impact and our options for stabilising climate change

    This unit considers the ways in which climate change affects us as individuals and where we live. It also considers what can be done to reduce or stabilise climate change. These key questions are explored - How does climate change affect me and where I live? What kind of changes might I be able to observe where I live? What kinds of change will be experienced in other parts of the world? What can be done to stabilise climate change? What can be done to reduce/stabilise climate change? What is the best way to reduce the risk of climate change?

  • Introduction to Business and Sustainability
    0LEVEL
    Environment 

    Introduction to Business and Sustainability

    Concern for the environment is playing a major role in society nationally and internationally. Transboundary issues such as acid rain, ozone layer depletion and global warming have assisted in placing environmental issues firmly in our consciousness.

  • Introduction to Ecopsychology
    1LEVEL
    Environment 

    Introduction to Ecopsychology

    This introduction to ecopsychology explores how climate change affects how we feel about our world and our future. We will explore how strong feelings triggered by this crisis can send us into denial and despair, hindering our ability to act meaningfully. We will also come to understand more about our emotional responses and how they can empower us to learn to live with climate change.

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