Policy Advocacy: Climate Change
September 6th, 2022
Join Antioch University New England’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience for a series of online courses focused on the fundamentals of climate change resilience. For more information, including course descriptions, dates, and schedule of courses visit our page on the Antioch University New England website You can also apply for the 9-credit Climate Resilience Certificate for Professionals.
Each course is designed to stand alone, and you may take courses in any order. Each course is held for a period of four weeks and may be completed online from your location in approximately 8 hours per week. Enroll for either graduate credit (1 credit per course) or audit and receive continuing education.
Policy Advocacy: Climate Change (ESP 5100, section A)
Delivery: Online, synchronous
Dates: September 6 – November 29, 2022 12:00-1:15 PM ET
Online Attendance: This course meets for one hour weekly, during the dates specified. Students may complete the assignments at their own pace and schedule within each week. However, students may watch video recordings if they cannot attend the live class sessions.
Instructor: Abigail Abrash Walton, PhD
Registration deadline: Registration opens in July 2022
The United Nations Secretary-General called the 6th IPCC report “an ear-splitting wake-up call to the world. It
confirms that climate change is running faster than we are – and we are running out of time” (United Nations
Secretary General, 2018). But how do individuals take action beyond reducing their own carbon footprint? How
can we advocate for the policies that will help solve this global crisis? While there is growing awareness in the
U.S. Congress that action must be taken, federal legislators have little incentive to act unless there is focused
engagement by constituents. This course will provide participants with step-by-step skills in utilizing the tools
of democracy to take meaningful civic action on climate change. Participants will learn the levers for building
political will and the essentials of climate change communication. You will apply your learning by taking action
in collaboration with a local environmental organization, and further your learning with your peers via
Antioch’s online learning platform and optional one-on-one meetings with the instructor.