Introduction to Environmental Sustainability

Delivered online

1.5-3 hours

Course description

This free online course will first discuss the importance of different types of natural resources. You will look into the problems caused by a lack of these resources and learn the impact that humans have on the planet. Then, you will learn about the different sectors of the economy, the benefits of energy efficiency and re-use, and examine the differences between recycling and compost.

Furthermore, you will learn about the impact transport has on the planet, food miles and the environmental problems caused by transporting goods over long distances. Next, you will study the sustainable methods of transport, the things that make up a sustainable community, and examples of globalization. Global trades and the problems global trade has for the developing world, such as child labor, will also be discussed.

There are now 7.5 billion people living on earth and by 2050, there will be an estimated nine billion. It is therefore important that we live in a more sustainable way so that the earth can accommodate its future generations. Upon the completion of this online course, you will be able to identify the difference between sustainable and non-sustainable materials, know the meaning of eco-footprints and carbon footprints, and understand the human impact on the environment. Enroll in this online course today to improve your knowledge on environmental sustainability.

By the end of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Describe some of the environmental impacts of different
  • Describe the difference between sustainable and unsustainable materials
  • Outline what is meant by an ‘eco footprint’ and a ‘carbon footprint’, and identify the ways we have an impact on the environment
  • Define the meaning of the terms ‘excess consumption’ and ‘the three planet lifestyle
  • Identify the basic resources used by life on earth (soil, air, water and sun) and state why they are important
  • Outline some of the problems caused by a lack of these resources
  • Identify different types of resources including mineral, vegetable, animal and energy
  • Describe the difference between the agricultural, manufacturing and service sectors of the economy and give examples