World Bank launches climate action learning

May 11, 2016 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

Organisations and individuals around the world that want to take action on climate change will have access to a unique online learning programme being offered free this month through Planet First partner the World Bank.

Turn Down The Heat: From Climate Science To Action

‘Turn Down The Heat: From Climate Science To Action’ is a five-week course based on the World Bank’s Turn Down The Heat series of reports. Described as an “action-orientated” Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), it will bring together renowned scientists and policymakers to explain the most recent scientific evidence on climate change and strategies for low emission and climate resilient development. It will also offer an overview of COP21 outcomes from Paris and, critically, will look at the transformative actions individuals and organisations can take.

“With an overview of UNFCCC COP21 outcomes from Paris, this action-oriented MOOC gives you the opportunity to learn about regional climate change impacts and sector-specific strategies to increase resilience and move towards a low-carbon future,” said a spokesperson for the World Bank.

The MOOC has been developed by the World Bank in collaboration with Coursera, an educational technology company specialising in free online courses and will include:

• Interactive video interviews with climate scientists and practitioners

• A Google hangout with international climate experts

• A global discussion forum

• A final project and competition.

Although Turn Down The Heat will cover issues affecting regions all over the world, it will focus study on the following regions:

  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • East Asia and Pacific
  • South Asia.

Steve Malkin, CEO of Planet, said: “As partners of the World Bank through its Climate4Change initiative, we are delighted to support this fantastic learning opportunity. It will be invaluable for anyone wanting to build knowledge and engagement around the most pressing issue facing the world and will be particularly relevant to organisations that have operations or supply chains in regions at most severe risk from climate change.”

The first session of ‘Turn Down The Heat: From Climate Science To Action’ launches on May 9. The course can be accessed by anyone for free There is a small charge of $5 for those seeking a certificate to show they have passed the course. For more information or to enrol go to