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Introduction to Environmental Sustainability

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

Environmental Studies
Free Course
Everything we do affects our environment and the people that live in it with us. This free online course will introduce you to environmental sustainability. You will learn about its basic concepts, the most important types of energy and resources, 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 the difference between sustainable and unsustainable materials; - State what is meant by an 'eco footprint' and a 'carbon footprint', and identify the ways we have an impact on the environment; - Explain 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; - State some of the problems caused by a lack of these resource; - 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; - State the meaning of the term 'recycling' and 'compost' and list some products that can and cannot be recycled or put on the compost heap; - Explain the meaning of the terms 'energy efficiency' and 're-use', and state some of the benefits of these; - List practical examples of energy efficient measures that can be taken; - State some of the environmental impacts of different forms of transport; - Describe the meaning of the term 'food miles' and identify some common foods which are transported long distances; - List some of the environmental problems caused by transporting goods long distances; - State some of the environmental problems caused by commuting; - Identify sustainable methods of transport; - Describe what makes a sustainable community; - State the importance of local services; - Identify the importance of regional and national specialist services; - Describe what 'globalisation' means; - List the reasons for global trade; - State some of the problems of global trade in the developing world, for example, child labour; - and identify some organisations which have been set up to help developing countries.


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