Teaching climate change at university level

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.5 Formal and informal education in Arctic studies and science outreach in the Arctic
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Laura Riuttanen (Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research, University of Helsinki, Finland), Taina Ruuskanen (Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research, University of Helsinki, Finland)
Abstract text

Climate.now (www.climatenow.fi) is a multidisciplinary learning material about basics of climate change published online in Autumn 2016. It is meant for higher education and is available online for anyone to use. Climate.now was done in collaboration with multidisciplinary experts from University of Helsinki, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.


Climate.now material is located at the University of Helsinki MOOC platform (www.mooc.helsinki.fi). Material consists of text, figures, video and assignments. It covers the topic of climate change from different perspectives: from physical background to ecological and societal effects as well as adaptation. In addition to providing the basic knowledge, another equally important goal is to reinforce the student’s understanding of climate change as a deep human and societal challenge and to give everyone the means to participate in resolving it. All material is available both in English as well as in Finnish. Climate.now learning material can be freely used in any universities, or e.g. companies, as a study material for a climate change course.


Currently there are courses going on at the University of Helsinki, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Aalto University and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Feedback from the courses has been very good.


At the University of Helsinki, new online climate change education projects are planned in near future. In 2018 we are working on new online education material on Arctic climate change, basics of circular economy as well as leadership for sustainable change with several collaborators.  

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