If you would like to keep learning about climate change policy, vulnerability, and adaption, these are some relevant, free, e-learning resources.

*Please note that while resources are listed in English most, though not all, of these e-learning platforms offer courses in multiple languages*

UN CC:Learn platform 

"Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to design and implement systematic and results oriented climate change learning…At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in addressing learning priorities relevant to their National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), through the development and implementation of climate change learning strategies, in collaboration with national education and training institutions. Thematic focus areas of UN CC:Learn include: climate change science; climate finance; international climate negotiations; adaptation planning; climate change and health; climate change and forests; and climate change education for children."

Current courses include:

  • Advancing on REDD+
  • Climate Change International Legal Regime
  • Introduction to Green Economy
  • Gender and the Environment
  • Finding the Money - Financing Climate Change
  • Making the Right Choices - Prioritizing Adaptation Options
  • Keeping the Taps Running in a changing Climate

The World Bank Group Open Learning Campus

"By providing dynamic learning opportunities where diverse audiences can learn at their own pace and access the knowledge they need, the Open Learning Campus (OLC) equips individuals with the knowledge and capabilities to tackle the toughest development challenges. Technology is also changing the learning landscape. The OLC helps scale development learning by offering a comprehensive learning curricula with wider access and an enhanced learner experience."

Current courses include:

  • Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • Introduction to Air-Quality Management
  • Climate Finance: Innovative Approaches in Supporting Climate Action
  • Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tools for Sustainable Land Management
  • Designing Index Based Weather Risk Management Programs
  • Water Footprint - Concept and Application
  • Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings

Disaster Risk Management E-Learning

"Enhance your knowledge as a disaster risk management professional through these virtually facilitated and self-paced courses that draw on the latest global expertise and technology in learning."

Current courses include:

  • Safe and Resilient Cities
  • Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty
  • Introduction to Damage Loss and Needs Assessment
  • Resilience and Disaster Risk
  • Introduction to Open Data for Resilience Initiative

E-Learning Courses on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

"In 2017, the Swiss NGO DRR Platform developed a basic course on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) for self-paced e-learning consisting of four modules in the form of power point presentations ready for download. The course is open to everybody, particularly addressing practitioners new to the fields of DRR and CCA. It is based on the broad expertise of the Swiss NGO DRR Platform and its partners. The four course modules cover the key concepts of DRR and CCA, practical case studies of different geographic contexts, illustrative video material and further references."

Current courses include:

  • Basic definitions and concepts
  • Conceptual guidance
  • Practical illustration
  • Integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

The Center for People and Forests

"The Center for People and Forests – RECOFTC has acknowledged the importance of building educational and training capacities for the past thirty years, developing a world – class approach to community forestry pedagogy that continues to evolve.”

“RECOFTC is repurposing our rich history of training expertise to fit the needs of a rapidly changing digital landscape. Our strategic plan for online learning includes:

  • Full online instruction that is self paced and/or instructed
  • Blended approach of online and face-to-face instruction
  • Face-to-face training (as traditionally conducted by RECOFTC) to be followed-up with next level training , or mentoring  or support for trainees via e-learning course
  • Online modules on basic forestry topics ( e.g. Community Forestry 101)."

Current courses include:

  • Basic Climate Change
  • Social Environmental Soundness
  • Low Emissions Land Use
  • Carbon Measurement and Monitoring 

EU Climate-KIC Courses

“In Climate-KIC Education we provide knowledge and skills development opportunities for students, professionals and innovators to collaborate on business climate change challenges. On this site you find more information about our different programmes, courses and events. We welcome you to engage and learn with our global community of climate entrepreneurs. The essence of Climate-KIC education is to: CONNECT, EMPOWER and INNOVATE. It’s about how you can play a role in creating powerful partnerships; enterprise innovation, knowledge transfer and exchange and market transformation.”

Current courses include:

  • Agricultural Adaptation Practices
  • Resilient Pine Management
  • Integrating Climate Science into Programs and Decision Making
  • Climate Science 101 for Extension Professionals

Climate Learning Network

“CLN eLearning is designed to help Extension Professionals, Professional Crop Advisors and Professional Foresters incorporate climate change into their existing program areas and become Climate Literate.”

Current courses include:

  • Ideating Climate Business
  • Introduction to Cost Benefits Analysis for Climate Change Adaptation
  • Benefits of Sustainable Business Modelling
  • Green Bonds for Cities
  • Welcome to CO2 Re-Use

edX Courses 

"edX is the trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies. As a global nonprofit, edX is transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location and access."

edX provides free courses on topics like climate change, environmental engineering, ecosystems, renewable energy, and more.

Current courses include:

  • Climate Science and Policy
  • Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs
  • Managing Building Adaptation: A Sustainable Approach
  • Solar Energy in Hot Desert climates
  • Modeling Climate Change


OpenLearn provides free learning from the Open University.

Current courses include

  • Biofuels
  • Changing cities
  • Effects of Pollutants on the aquatic environment
  • Energy in buildings
  • Extending water resources
  • Groundwater
  • Financial methods in environmental data


Coursera is a database of online courses, specializations, certificates, and degrees. Courses can be audited for free.

Current courses include:

  • Ecosystem Services: a Method for Sustainable Development
  • Planning for Climate Change in African Cities
  • Water Resources Management and Policy
  • Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries

Harvard Online Course

Harvard offers free e-learning opportunities.

Current courses include:

  • Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster
  • CitiesX: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life