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Online courses: learn about the environment for free

“Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life”.
Shakuntala Devi

Now is the time to learn about the environment and conservation. The internet is full of quotes and stats (sorry, we are adding even more!) BUT wouldn’t it be great if you can smack something on the CV while reading about something you love?

There are lots of free online reputable courses that anyone can access. From two hours to four weeks, you can go back to school and get informed in your own time and on your own terms.

United For Wildlife

Led by The Duke of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation, United for Wildlife was set up to tackle illegal wildlife trade and protect endangered species including elephants, rhinos and tigers. The aim is to bring conservation organisations, governments, and global corporations together to help shape the future for generations to come.

They have opened their first open access online conservation platform! Where free online courses available to everyone and anyone (no prior knowledge is required). Take the courses at your own pace and learn from topics including Project Planning, Conservation Innovation and Ocean Optimism.

Click here to sign up and find out more.

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Future Learn

Future Learn are jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. They offer a huge range of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the globe. Again, these are available at your own pace and can be chosen by level of difficulty. The Open University are well known for online and distance learning and have 50 years of experience in this field.

Courses are completely free to complete, however there is a charge if you want to receive the official certificate of completion. They are on average around £30-40 per certificate or you can pay £209 to access unlimited short courses for a year. Click here to find out more about this offer.

We have picked out a few environmental courses we think look great, but they range from Business and Management to Languages and Cultures to Health and Psychology.

Ecology and Wildlife Conservation from University of Leeds

Unleash Your Potential: Sustainable Futures from University of Bristol

Climate Change: Solutions from University of Exeter

Causes of Climate Change from University of Bergen

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Alison is another large free learning platform for education and skills training. It isn’t as diverse in environmental and scientific fields, but it aims to be a catalyst for positive social change, creating opportunity, prosperity, and equality for everyone. Alison is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making it possible for anyone, to study anything, anywhere. The courses are free to complete but again, there is a charge for a certificate of completion should you wish to buy it.

Introduction to Environmetnal Sustainabiltiy (Certificate)

Renewable Energy Sources (Certificate)

Sustainable Business (Diploma)

These courses can be found here, which we have filtered by science modules for you… you’re welcome!

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So what are you waiting for? Get your notebook and pen out (if you’re old school) and start scribbling down all of your new knowledge. Be the envy of your friends, tell them all the new brain intelligence inside your noggin and get a shiny badge printed that says ‘My name is: Expert’.

Grace works for a School Improvement Partnership and is our resident ocean lover. Having worked as a scuba instructor in Indonesia she has picked up her fair share of ocean plastic. Her favourite eco product is Oliva Olive Oil Soap.

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