Tackling Environmental Challenges for a Sustainable Future
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date_range Starts on April 12, 2021
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date_range Published on April 12, 2021
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Explore sustainable solutions to environmental issues like changing glaciers
Our energy use is unsustainable, we’re producing waste plastic that’s endangering oceans, and large parts of the natural world are disappearing. We know our planet is facing huge environmental challenges, but what are we doing to solve them?

On this course, you’ll discover how the environment is studied and learn how research at the University of York is helping to develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

The course will encourage you to reflect on the importance of a more sustainable future for our planet and will introduce you to the role the Sustainable Development Goals can play.

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There has never been a more important time to study the environment. This course is designed for anyone interested in how research is informing our knowledge of global environmental issues and potential solutions.

The course will be particularly useful for final year school students who are considering studying an environmental course at university. It will also appeal to anyone with an interest and with a general understanding of issues surrounding environmental issues.



  • Changing glaciers
  • Protecting our oceans
  • The environment and development
  • Energy and Society


David Rippin
David Rippin is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography and a glaciologist. His research focuses on understanding how glaciers move and how their behavior is affected by climate change.

Bryce Stewart
Bryce is a Senior Lecturer whose work has ranged across temperate and tropical seas. He specializes in improving the management of fisheries and studying the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas.

Brett Sallach
Brett is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York and studies the fate and effects of emerging pollutants in the environment.

Karen Parkhill
Karen is an Associate Professor in Human Geography with an expertise in public and stakeholder attitudes to energy and environmental risk issues (e.g. climate engineering and climate change).

Eleanor Jew
Eleanor is a Lecturer in Environment and Development at the University of York, teaching on a BA in Global Development, a new degree course. Her research addresses land use change in Africa.


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University of York

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse where a clear focus on excellence has secured national and international recognition alongside longer established institutions. 




FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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