The keystone of our Earthwatch at Home remote learning program is our four-part climate change investigation course. On this guided educational journey, you'll connect live with Earthwatch scientists and environmental educators as they immerse you in the fascinating climate change research they're conducting around the world. You'll study the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and biodiversity, the socioeconomics of climate change, including a focus on climate justice, and solutions and actions that you can take to address this crisis. You’ll also take part in a citizen science program, conducting or supporting critical research on pollinators from your own backyard or community.
This course involves four “live” classes that meet weekly for 90 minutes per class. Each class is led by an environmental educator and includes presentations from one or more of our leading scientists conducting climate change research around the world, followed by live Q&As and discussions with the scientists. The course will also include guided “offline” participation in an Earthwatch citizen science project that aims to reduce the decline of pollinators around the world. You’ll receive a variety of learning resources and training materials to guide class discussions and help you get the most out of your climate change exploration.
Learn from climate scientists, connect with likeminded people, contribute directly to climate research, and get inspired to create real change in your community.
After an introduction to your classmates and a brief overview of the next four weeks, Earthwatch scientists will explain the key drivers of climate change and what the latest research tells us.
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS: ECOSYSTEMS AND BIODIVERSITY
Through guided learning exercises, scientist presentations, and class discussions, you’ll learn about the impacts of climate change on our natural world. This class also includes an introduction to the “Global Pollinator Watch” citizen science program.
SOCIOECONOMICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
This class will focus on connections between climate change and communities around the world. You’ll explore topics such as agriculture and food systems, the onset and spread of diseases such as COVID-19, and environmental justice.
SOLUTIONS AND ACTIONS
Discuss climate change solutions, such as green infrastructure, and individual actions that you can take to combat this crisis. Create a personal action plan and learn how to reduce your carbon footprint.
$275 per participant for the full course offering
Climate Change Investigation
Jun 30–Jul 21, 2020*: July Course(SOLD OUT!) Aug 18–Sep 8, 2020*: August Course
*July classes are every Tuesday for 4 weeks from 4–5:30 p.m. EDT
*August classes are every Tuesday for 4 weeks from 12–1:30 p.m. EDT
SPECIAL OFFER! If you sign up for a standard Earthwatch expedition for 2020 or 2021 within three months, you can apply the full course tuition ($275) towards the cost of your expedition.
Additional Note: If you are interested in joining this course but the tuition is a barrier for you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course is geared towards adults ages 18 and up. No scientific background or experience is necessary to join. To participate in the presentations, discussions, and citizen science program, we ask that you have access to the following:
• A computer with internet capabilities and a functioning microphone
• Optional: A phone or camera of any type that is able to capture images in your backyard or community
Each class will be conducted via Zoom conferencing and we will be sharing educational resources via Google Classroom. We will also be using a program called iNaturalist for the citizen science portion of the program that allows you to photograph and record plant and wildlife observations (we’ll be reviewing the process for collecting and identifying data through the iNat application together in class). Familiarity with these programs is not required as we will be offering training resources prior to the start of the first class.
Earthwatch depends on donations—above and beyond what we raise from volunteers who participate on our expeditions—in order to deliver our global conservation mission. In fact, volunteer contributions provide only half of the total resources Earthwatch needs to sustain over 40 field research expeditions, a wide variety of educational programs, corporate sustainability trainings, and more each year.