Our Changing Planet: Understanding Climate Change and Sustainability
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
At a Glance
- Classroom course
- Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:00
- 10 weeks: January to March
- Tutor: Stav Friedman
- Fees from £140 to £235
Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our society today – but how does it even work? And what can be done about it? In this 10-week course, environmental scientist, Stav Friedman, will explore our planet’s changing climate with a focus on nature, science, society – and solutions.
The course will cover the basics of climate science, from global warming to greenhouse gases, and dive into real, impactful solutions for governments, communities, individuals and businesses. On this course, you will learn what causes climate change, how it impacts our environment (animals, natural habitats) and how it is effecting peoples lives around the world. We will address issues like climate justice and climate migration, discuss movements like Extinction Rebellion, and have a talk and Q&A session with a climate scientist from the Grantham Institute: Climate Change and the Environment.
We will explore the topic of climate change through interactive sessions, games, group activities, discussions, videos, news articles and an examination of real-life case studies. Throughout the course, Stav will help you build your own plan to reduce your carbon footprint, as each session will offer ideas and suggestions for taking action against climate change.
All backgrounds welcome - there is no need for a previous knowledge in science or climate change to take this course! There is also no assigned textbook for this course, however, there will be suggested newspaper articles, videos, websites and other media to read or watch in order to aid your learning and experience. Stav utilises interactive and engaging techniques to teach this course – prepare to get off your seats and think about the world – and its changing climate – in new and exciting ways.
This course will be taught face-to-face in the classrooms at our South Kensington Campus in London. To take part in the course you will need to be able to attend our South Kensington Campus each week on the day and time shown above.
These classes are not recorded
Successful completion of this course leads to the award of an Imperial College attendance certificate
Terms and conditions apply to all enrolments to this course. Please read them before enrolment
Course Programme and Additional Reading
Course Programme (subject to possible minor modification)
- Week 1 – The basics of climate change science
- Week 2 – A history of climate change on our planet
- Week 3 – The effects of climate change on wildlife & nature
- Week 4 – Climate change, pollution and their impacts on human health
- Week 5 – Climate change as a social justice issue
- Week 6 – The who, what, where and why of the UN Climate Change Conferences (COPs)
- Week 7 – (Un)Sustainable business and conscious consumerism
- Week 8 – Changing agricultural systems and sustainable food
- Week 9 – Sustainable homes and climate tech solutions
- Week 10 – Climate denialists, activists and you!
There are no required readings for this class, however Stav will provide a resource guide with a variety of suggested readings, films, documentaries, podcasts and social media profiles to enhance and enrich your learning.
Stav Friedman is an adept environmental scientist, passionate about policy, plastic pollution and climate change. She started her career working on sea turtle conservation projects in the Caribbean and Central America. She has worked around the world as a marine biologist, environmental activist and educator, before landing in London to gain her Master’s in Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy from King’s College London in 2020.
Stav has founded a non-profit focused on reducing plastic pollution, has both won and subsequently mentored at the Climate-KIC Climathon (climate hackathons) and hosted an Environment Talks educational workshop series at the Impact Hub King’s Cross. Stav has worked in climate change roles in local government, NGOs and grassroots organisations covering projects surrounding air pollution, circular economy, coral reef restoration, endangered species conservation, environmental education, marine protected area (MPA) management, plastic pollution and sustainable business. Stav has been working for Imperial College London’s Environmental Research Group as a Project Manager since September 2021.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|20||10||£235 (£11.75 p/h)
||£140 (£7 p/h)||£185 (£9.25 p/h)|
|All fee rates quoted are for the whole course. Part-payments are not possible. Equivalent to hourly rate is shown for comparison guidance only, it is not possible to pay pro-rata hourly rates.|
Rate Categories and Discounts
- Available to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.
- Current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors)
- Individuals enrolling under our Friends & Family scheme
- Staff of the English Chamber Orchestra
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- Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
- Austrian Cultural Forum staff
- City & Guilds College Association members
- Co-operative College members
- Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
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- Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
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- Harrods staff
- Historic Royal Palaces staff
- Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
- Members of the Friends of Imperial College
- Members of the Kennel Club
- Members of the London Zoological Society
- Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- National Health Service (NHS) employees
- Natural History Museum staff
- Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
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- Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
- Royal Geographical Society staff
- Science Museum staff
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- Students (non-Imperial College)
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- Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
- Victoria and Albert Museum staff
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Friends and Family Scheme
This course is eligible for the allowing Imperial College students and staff to share their discount with their friends and family.
Term Dates 2022-23
|Hours||Weeks||Spring term||Spring term||Summer term|
|20||10||Week commencing 9 January to week ending 1 April 2023*||n/a||n/a|
|*This is a 1-term course. No class on 31st January and 7th February|
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|3. Programme information||Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts||
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