There is no debate that climate change is real. In fact, climate change is arguably the greatest public health threat we face. It is our generation that holds the keys and the power to stop climate change with swift and intentional action on a global scale. But how? Over its history, the earth's climate has experienced both micro and macro changes. These changes have led to the extinction of species and to new forms and ways of life. The forces that impact the earth's climate are both natural and man-made. This ExploreMYX is an introduction to the phenomenon of climate change, its previous impact and the risks it poses going forward. In this ExploreMYX, you will understand the challenges–economic, social, political, legal, and moral–that responding to climate change presents. Understanding the true nature of the problem is the first step in being able to address it. By the end of this ExploreMYX, you will have the deep knowledge and facts needed to be a leader in the fight against climate change.
Greta Thunberg, Al Gore
Climate change is arguably the greatest public health threat we face. To address it successfully, health and environmental professionals, advocates, and others need to acquire new skills and a deeper understanding of its challenges and solutions. This specialization is for those who wish to understand the impact of climate change on health and are committed to protecting the health of populations using the knowledge and skills they will acquire.
Learners will apply the course content through projects in which they identify how climate change affects health in a specific location
Devise an adaptation action to address this negative impact
Create a communications campaign to educate a target audience about the issue.
In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by 193 member states, the goals represent an important international step in setting humanity on a trajectory towards sustainable development. Within this course, you will get a historical overview of how sustainability has been understood, as well as a thorough introduction to the SDGs – what they are, how progress can be measured, and how the SDGs are relevant for the management of the global systems supporting humanity. The course will examine how various societal actors are responding to and implementing the SDGs.
While all of the SDGs are essential to sustainable development, SDG 13, Climate Action, is usually perceived as the most urgent in terms of the need for a swift implementation on a global scale. Therefore, particular focus is given to this SDG. Through the course, you will gain up-to-date knowledge of the current understanding of human impacts on the Earth at the planetary level. Progress towards establishing global management of human interactions with the climate system within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is also discussed.
Sustainable Development as a Global Goal
Managing human impacts on the natural world
Social sustainability and the way forward
Are you ready to take an incredible journey around Planet Earth and beyond? In this course, you will delve into a world of innovative science and learn from a team of Biosphere 2 and University of Arizona researchers. From plants and soils, to oceans and rainforests, the Moon, Mars, and more, this course is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in science and Earth stewardship.
Learn how a unique research station in the Arizona desert is used to investigate big ideas, such as how Earth systems interact, the effects of climate change, and what our future holds. Go back in time thousands of years with information locked in ancient trees, and travel into an imagined future where humans become Martians. Collect and analyze your own scientific data, discuss big questions with participants from around the world, and gain novel insights and understanding about our wonderfully unique planet.
Climate disruption and the science of water availability
Desert plants, climate, and changing landscapes
Sea changes and soil science
Feeding the future and life resources in space
This course is designed to introduce students to the issues of energy in the 21st century including food and fuels, which are inseparably linked – and will discuss energy production and utilization from the biology, engineering, economics, climate science, and social science perspectives.
This course will cover the current production and utilization of energy, as well as the consequences of this use, examining finite fossil energy reserves, how food and energy are linked, impacts on the environment and climate, and the social and economic impacts of our present energy and food production and use. After the introductory lectures, we will examine the emerging field of sustainable energy, fuel, and food production, emphasizing the importance of developing energy efficient and sustainable methods of production, and how these new technologies can contribute to replacing the diminishing supplies of fossil fuels and reduce the consequences of carbon dioxide release into the environment. This course will also cover the importance of creating a sustainable energy future for all societies, including those of the developing world. Lectures will be prepared and delivered by leading UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography faculty and industry professionals across these areas of expertise.
Current production and utilization of energy
How food and energy are linked
Impacts on the environment and climate
The social and economic impacts of our present energy and food production
This course introduces you to the five mass extinctions of the pre-human past, their causes and significance to the history of life on earth, and the current mass extinction happening during our time. We’ll also explore the history of paleontology and geological study and review the key players that influenced the science today. Regardless of your familiarity with the topic, you'll get portable handouts, lively demonstrations, and quizzes that bridge and enhance your knowledge.
Summarize extinctions as an important part of the history of life
Identify the probable causes of mass extinctions in the geologic past (before humans)
Compare and contrast the Big Five mass extinctions with human-influenced extinctions
Evaluate historical lessons and current trends to predict and prevent extinctions of the future
Our Earth’s Future is about the science of climate change and how to talk about it. You will learn from scientists in the fields of climatology, oceanography, Earth science, and anthropology who study how climate change is affecting people, populations, and ways of life. Explore the multiple lines of evidence for the human-induced climate change that is happening today, and consider what that means for the future of our planet. At the end of this course you will be able to understand key scientific principles, identify and address misconceptions, and contribute confidently to conversations about climate change.
How climate change is affecting people, populations, and ways of life
Explore the multiple lines of evidence for the human-induced climate change that is happening today
What climate change means for the future of our planet
In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.
This work totals 186 hours over the course of 15 weeks
Please note that MYX will enroll you in these courses before the start of term.