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Jessica Rees
Sustainability and Engagement Officer
2 minute read

Introducing Climate Psychology: facing the climate crisis, is a free short course with OpenLearn, supported and endorsed by the Climate Psychology Alliance.

Climate psychology is a relatively new area of study, and this course explains how communicating facts about climate change is not always enough to drive behavioural change.

The course teaches how understanding human psychology can help create positive environmental changes. It explores a variety of themes from a psychological and social outlook, helping to gain a deeper understanding of the climate and environmental crisis.

The course is broken down into four sections to be completed over four weeks at your own pace (roughly 12 hours of study time):

Week 1: The climate and ecological crisis and how we got here.

Week 2: Engaging with the climate and ecological crisis: indifference, distress and beyond.

Week 3: Engaging with the climate and ecological crisis: denialism and other challenges.

Week 4: Living with the climate and ecological crisis.

After completing the course, you will be confident in:

  • Understanding why the climate crisis exists;
  • Recognising behavioural and emotional responses to the crisis,
  • Identifying defences that prevent engagement to the crisis,
  • Developing an action plan to cope with and adapt to the crisis personally.

The course is open to anyone and everyone, head over to Introducing Climate Psychology for more details.