Anthropocene Learning

This page features short online courses that might be of interest to you and your networks – also, some courses that combine online with place-based learning. Many are free, others relatively low cost. If you know of courses that are open to anyone with an interest in environmental or climate change or the Anthropocene, use the Contact Form to let us know.

Grounding Wild Imagination

This course – combining online and in person components, between mid-October and mid-December 2017 – is devised and delivered by artist & storyteller Beckie Leach. It explores how making art, through the active engagement of creativity and imagination, can deepen our understanding of and connection to a wild place, grounding the experiences of site-based learning in a practice that can be shared with a wider audience. 

The course involves: 3 full day workshops (Sat 21 Oct, Sat 11 Nov and Sat 9 Dec) at a London Wildlife Trust reserve in Kings Cross where we will develop a close relationship with the site and its many more-than-human inhabitants; 3 online personal coaching sessions to support your individual creative journey during the weeks starting 16 Oct, 6 Nov and 4 Dec (exact days to be agreed); 3 online hive-mind group sharing sessions offering the opportunity to share your creations in progress with our supportive community during the weeks starting 30 Oct, 27 Nov and 1 Jan (exact days to be agreed); Access to a supportive online community throughout the course to share your ideas, reflections and experiences; Online resources including key texts and inspirational content about relevant art and research.

Learn About Weather

This free online FutureLearn course from the Met Office, Exeter University and the Royal Meteorological Society looks at the basic processes behind the weather. It started on 11th September but is still available to join during its 4 week run.

“Ever wondered what the difference between a hurricane, cyclone and typhoon is? Or what a ‘front’ is? Or asked how weather warnings are issued? Maybe you’ve even spoken about the weather today. The weather is one of the most popular topics of conversation, yet not many of us actually know how it works. On this course you’ll explore all things weather, learning about the basic processes that result in the weather that we experience and how the weather affects people like photographers, gardeners and walkers: the large-scale processes that lead to our weather; air masses and their characteristics; how to interpret a weather (synoptic) chart; clouds and what they can indicate; weather and climate for gardeners; weather for photographers; hazardous weather for walkers.”

Other FutureLearn Nature & Environment courses

There are about a dozen other environment-related FutureLearn courses starting over the next few weeks or months – from Climate Smart Agriculture (starting 28th August); Extinctions Past & Present (4th September); Elements of Renewable Energy; Introduction to Ecosystems; Achieving Sustainable Development (all starting 11th September) to courses on Nuclear Power, a series on Environmental Challenges and even a couple on Moons and In The Night Sky, later in the year. They are all free. Head over to FutureLearn and browse the Nature & Environment category and others that grab your fancy.

The Stories We Live By

This free online course from Arran Stibbe, Reader in Ecological Linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire, and a team of volunteers from the International Ecolinguistics Association explores the rich field of ecolinguistics.

The social and ecological issues that humanity currently faces are so severe that they call into question the fundamental stories that societies are based on. Ecolinguistics provides tools for revealing the stories we live by, questioning them from an ecological perspective, and contributing to the search for new stories. The course examines a wide range of texts from advertisements, lifestyle magazines and economics textbooks to surfing guides, Native American sayings and Japanese animation. In each case, the question is whether the stories that underlie texts encourage us to care about people and the ecosystems that life depends on.

You can work through the nine parts of the course at your own pace, and register any time to access discussion groups, tuition, and additional materials and apply for the certificate.