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I am a huge believer that you never stop learning. School may be a distant memory for many of us but that doesn’t mean that our learning days are behind us. Environmental education is key to implementing a sustainable future.  I am currently undertaking a BA (Hons) Environmental Studies with The Open University, which is allowing me to learn about a subject I am passionate about whilst still earning a living.

While this was the best option for me, I do understand that it is not possible for everyone to make such a commitment. So here, you will find information about the course that I am undertaking, but also information about some other education options that will suit all budgets and time restrictions. Education should be open to everyone, so here are the resources you need to begin or continue your environmental education.

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

– Dr. Seuss

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BA (Hons) Environmental Studies

I am currently, rapidly approaching, the end of my third module towards my BA (Hons) Environmental Studies degree with The Open University. It has been an adventure to throw myself back into education in my late 20s, but I don’t regret my decision at all. I may graduate later than my peers but I am gaining a qualification in something that I am truly passionate about – and that is well worth the delay.  Here are my modules:

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Environment: Journeys through a changing world

Started February 2018 – Completed

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Investigating the social world

Started October 2018 – Completed

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Environment: Sharing a dynamic planet

Started October 2020 – Currently Studying

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Environment and society

To Start October 2021 – Enrolled

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Environment: responding to change

Future Module – Likely To Start October 2022

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Environmental policy in an international context

Future Module – Likely To Start October 2023

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Module 1

Our world is changing fast – we are experiencing pressure from climate change, growing demands for finite resources, biodiversity loss and the extinction of many plants and animals. Environment: journeys through a changing world introduces you to subjects from the natural sciences, social sciences and technology to develop your understanding of environmental issues and sustainability concerns. It shows how people are seeking positive solutions to environmental challenges where you live, in the Arctic, Africa, the Amazon and China. You do not need any prior environmental knowledge to study this key introductory OU level 1 module, just an interest in the future of our planet.

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Module 2

This multidisciplinary module uses a range of learning technologies to help you understand how social scientists investigate the social world. Drawing on the subjects of criminology, social policy, economics, environmental studies, geography, international studies, politics and sociology, you’ll explore a wide range of everyday topics. Through the module’s investigative and thematic approach you’ll learn the methods, perspectives and tools of the social sciences, further developing your analytical and evaluative skills. This module will help you decide your specialisation at OU level 2, and equip you with a range of skills for further independent study, and for your personal and working life.

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Module 3

Environmental issues pose challenges. What are the biophysical and social causes of environmental change? What exactly is an environmental issue and why are they often controversial and difficult to resolve? How can we make a difference? You’ll address all of these questions as you explore four key global environmental concerns – life, water, carbon, and food – through a rich and interactive set of study materials. As you do so, you’ll develop a distinctive way of thinking about environments and environmental issues that draws on the insights of both natural and social sciences to be at once intellectually innovative and practically relevant.

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Module 4

This module starts with investigating how social science perspectives change the way we understand and respond to the major environmental challenges of our time. You’ll explore how understandings of environment and society had profound and unequal consequences for people and ecosystems across the planet, in the age of the Anthropocene. You’ll also explore ways of understanding environmental and societal issues that are entangled in cultural, economic, social, and political terms and look at how these can provide the resources required to value environments differently and to build new models of responsibility required to navigate the Anthropocene.

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Module 5

This interdisciplinary module will equip you to take an active part in sustainability debates. It will provide a guide to the mass of information currently available on key environmental issues, including conservation of biodiversity, adaptation to climate change and long-term food security. It will encourage you to look at these issues from multiple perspectives and to take a holistic view of environmental systems, including how we value them. An investigation strand will run throughout the module, in which you’ll look at an aspect of your local environment or consumption behaviour to evaluate the possibilities of future response to change.

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Module 6

This innovative module explores the causes and consequences of a range of environmental problems and the main policies that have been formulated to address them. They include climate change, ozone depletion, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and unsustainable development. You’ll learn how political divisions, inequalities and contentions over values and knowledge can hinder political responses to environmental problems. The module concludes by examining some of the policy options that might lead to a ‘green future’. You’ll find this module ideal if you wish to develop a policy-relevant understanding of international problems for career development or personal interest.

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Other resources to help you educate yourself about the world we live in:

Environmental education – or any education –  need not be expensive or time consuming. If you are interested in a topic, then there are any number of ways for you to start your educational journey – here are a few to get you started…

The first thing that you can do is find ‘The Curious Environmentalist‘ on GoodReads – we review and list books that we have read, want to read or know to be useful – so that is a good place to start.

Similarly, you can look at the reviews that we post on the blog too. These will cover books, films, documentaries, etc, that will give you a starting point for your environmental education journey.

I would also suggest subscribing to our YouTube Channel, I am going to be putting up some resources on there too later in 2021 – so that will be free content that you can use and share with your networks. Similarly, you will find our podcast useful when that is launched, so please sign up to our newsletter to join our community and get a heads up when new content is coming out!

If you are looking for something that is a little more interactive, then you could look into doing a short course. There are many places online that you can enroll for free. My favourites include:

If you do have some money to spend, then there are some really great short courses that you can take that are associated with some pretty prestigious universities. It’s best to look into which institution is best for you but they can be really great. Personally, I have tried the Oxford University – Cont Ed Department – I studied Animal Behaviour with them and it was really great. However, if you have any other recommendations then do let me know and I can add them to the list!

As for other things that you might want to invest those hard-earned pennies in, I currently subscribe to 2 magazines that are really great and informative. I highly recommend BBC Wildlife Magazine & National Geographic Magazine. They won’t cost you the earth, but they are crammed full of really relevant, topical content to help you keep your finger on the pulse.

 

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