Enroll in one or more of our a la carte classes based on your interest, whether it's examining the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and biodiversity, investigating the socioeconomics of the climate crisis—including a focus on environmental justice and pandemics—or learning about some of the solution-based actions we can each take to fight this crisis.
Each of our standalone, 90-minute classes is led by an environmental educator and includes live presentations from one or more Earthwatch scientists conducting climate change research around the world. Each class option includes live Q&A sessions and discussions with these leading scientists. In addition, our environmental educators will provide you with the training and resources you need to participate in a guided “offline” Earthwatch citizen science program that aims to reduce the decline of pollinators around the world.
Learn from climate scientists, connect with likeminded people, contribute directly to climate research, and get inspired to create real change in your community. *Please note that we also offer classes specifically for teens ages 15-18. See below for class dates and descriptions.
Standalone Class Options
Climate Change and Biodiversity Impacts
Through guided learning exercises, scientist presentations, and class discussions, you’ll learn about the impacts of climate change on our natural world.
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.
Climate Change Solutions and Actions
Learn about some promising research-based solutions to addressing climate change, from green infrastructure to reforestation to other nature-based initiatives, and discover individual actions that you can take to combat the crisis. Create a personal action plan and learn how to reduce your carbon footprint.
* All classes include an introduction to the “Global Pollinator Watch” citizen science program, as well as resources and training materials to guide your participation.
JULY Jul. 15, 2020: Socioeconomics of Climate Change Jul. 22, 2020: Climate Change and Biodiversity Impacts Jul. 29, 2020: Solutions and Actions
All July classes run on Wednesday from 12–1:30 p.m. EDT
AUGUST Aug. 20, 2020: Climate Change and Biodiversity Impacts(TEEN ONLY!) Aug. 27, 2020: Solutions and Actions(TEEN ONLY!) Sept. 3, 2020: Socioeconomics of Climate Change
All August classes run on Thursday from 3–4:30 p.m. EDT
Additional Note: If you are interested in joining this course but the tuition is a barrier for you, please contact us at email@example.com.
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.