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Introduction to Environmental Sustainability - Revised

Learn more about the basic necessities of life, sustainable and non-sustainable materials, carbon footprints, and more.

Environmental Studies
Free Course
This free online environmental sustainability will teach you about the basics of environmental sustainability. Everything we do affects our environment and the people that live in it. This course teaches you about the varieties of energy and resources found around the world, environmental impacts, transport, sustainable communities, globalization, and fair trade. You will also learn about excess consumption, the three planet lifestyle, and more!
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This course will first discuss the importance of different types of resources. You will look into the problems caused by a lack of these resources and learn the impact that humans have on the planet. You will also study the different sectors of the economy, learn about the benefits of energy efficiency and re-use, and examine the differences between recycling and compost.

You will then study the impact transport has on the planet. The course will discuss food miles and the environmental problems caused by transporting goods long distances. You will also look into sustainable methods of transport, the things that make up a sustainable community, and examples of globalization. You will then learn about global trades and look into the problems global trade has for the developing world such as child labor.

There are now 7.5 billion people living on earth and by 2050, there will be an estimated nine billion. It is therefore important that we live in a more sustainable way so that the earth can accommodate its future generations. Upon the completion of this course, you will be able to identify the difference between sustainable and non-sustainable materials, know the meaning of eco-footprints and carbon footprints, and understand the ways we impact the environment. So, check out the course today, and start learning more about environmental sustainability.

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Describe some of the environmental impacts of different
  • Describe the difference between sustainable and unsustainable materials
  • Outline what is meant by an 'eco footprint' and a 'carbon footprint', and identify the ways we have an impact on the environment
  • Define the meaning of the terms 'excess consumption' and 'the three planet lifestyle
  • Identify the basic resources used by life on earth (soil, air, water and sun) and state why they are important
  • Outline some of the problems caused by a lack of these resources
  • Identify different types of resources including mineral, vegetable, animal and energy
  • Describe the difference between the agricultural, manufacturing and service sectors of the economy and give examples


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