Fight the Power! Climate Change Education

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Fight the Power! Climate Change Education: According to the UN, Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. “From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly,” 

For more and more young people, tackling climate change is fast becoming the number one priority. The reality of the situation is that it is the children and young people of today who face the worst effects of the global abuse of past generations and their failure to put in place the necessary measures to combat it.

Worryingly, there is evidence that important tipping points, leading to irreversible changes and irreparable damage to the environment may already have been reached. Nevertheless, it is imperative that we continue to push global action on climate change to the top of worldwide agendas and it is young people more than others that are stepping up and fighting back on a massive scale.

We cannot underestimate the amazing work being done by Greta Thunberg. It has taken the action of a 15-year-old from Sweden to help ignite a global movement of activism and sparked a global movement of young people demanding greater action from governments to fight climate change. 

One knock-on effect of this is that more and more young people fighting to protect the future of our planet are choosing to arm themselves with education. 

We take a look at 5 courses on offer around the country that provide an academic step into a career tackling climate change and making a significant difference in the ongoing fight for climate justice.

Climate Change is a course run by Maynooth University, Kildare.
The course provides a well-integrated and encompassing programme of taught modules that reflect the major themes of climate change, together with essential technical training in modelling and analysis and are designed to nurture independent and critical thinking on climate change issues.

CK 404 Environmental and Earth System Sciences is a course run by University College Cork (UCC), Cork. 
CK404 The environment is everything around us – earth, air, water and living organisms. Understanding the complex interactions between the various components of our earth systems is crucial to our management and protection of essential resources. There are seven degree programmes available through CK404 and you do not have to make any decisions about degree specialisation until the end of First Year.

Agri-Environmental Sciences is a course run by UCD, Dublin.
This degree focuses on sustainable management of natural resources (plants, animals, air, soils and water) within the context of agriculture and other land-based industries, and protection of the rural environment for future generations. This specialist applied science degree will equip you for a career at the interface between production agriculture and environmental protection.

Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context is a course run by Open University in Ireland, The, Dublin.
A ‘Distance Learning’ course with a duration of 9 Months. Investigate causes and consequences of international environmental problems and resource conflicts, including loss of biological diversity, water allocation and urbanisation – focusing particularly on climate change.

CIEH Introduction to Environmental Awareness is a course run by 1 Training, Dublin.

The Introduction to Environmental Awareness course is designed to help individuals understand on how to make their workplace more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The course will give learners a comprehensive understanding of environmental awareness and its issues. If you work in any industry and sector, the course will allow you to understand how environmental issues can impact businesses. Learn why businesses should keep environmental issues at the forefront. It benefits the workplace greatly and will advance business objectives when awareness in environmental issues is made known. is a national database of universities, colleges, institutes and providers of third level, CAO and PLC courses in Ireland. We operate a national search database of courses and colleges.

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