Sustainability and Climate Change

Delivered online

2-3 hours

Course description

This free online course will help to explain the fundamentals of sustainability and the process of climate change. Topics covered in this course include the IPAT equation, various climate processes and principles, as well as the effects of greenhouse gases on climate change. This course will be of great interest to those interested in sustainability and for those who would like to develop a career in the area of environmental sustainability.

Having completed this course, you will be able to:


  • Discuss the definition of sustainability and how it applies in the modern context
  • Identify and acquire the basic facility before the IPAT equation can be used
  • Examine the various patterns of human consumption
  • Define both “climate” and “weather” and explain how the two are related
  • Examine how to use the Celsius temperature scale to describe climate and weather
  • Discuss the role and mechanisms of the major controls on Earth’s climate using the concepts of insolation, albedo and greenhouse gases
  • Identify and describe the mechanisms by which major external and internal changes to the climate (including solar output variation, volcanoes, biological processes, changes in glacial coverage, and meteorite impacts) operate
  • Examine the major ways in which carbon dioxide is both added to and removed from the atmosphere

To successfully complete this Certificate course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Certificate course, you have the option to acquire official Certification, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certification is:

Ideal for sharing with potential employers – include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning