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Climate Change:
Learning for Action
Take a deep dive into the landscape of climate change and
kickstart your climate journey with our 12-week program.
Early Bird Discount
Flat 25% off for early applicants
Next Cohort Begins: November 2020
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Try our FREE classes on energy & climate change
This is just a glimpse of the "classes" our Fellows take every week.
Energy and climate 1: Context and concepts
In this class, we cover questions around global trends driving energy use and their climate impacts. We deepen our understanding of energy and power and solve simple, quantitative problems related to energy, power and climate change. Finally, we understand clean energy solutions and the central challenge of trying to run an energy system chiefly on variable resources like wind and solar power.
Watch 1st Teaser Class
Energy and climate 2: Energy economics, the smart grid, and pathways to deep decarbonization
In this class we will cover questions around the levelized cost of energy, government subsidies and the employment and justice issues surrounding a transition to clean energy systems. We understand smart grids and the solutions to managing a grid with high levels of variable renewable resources. Finally, we discuss how "electrify everything" can be a viable solution.
Watch 2nd Teaser Class
Clean energy case studies: Transitioning to clean electricity systems in Hawaii and India
This class presents two clean energy experts talking about their work, challenges they have faced and the impact they have created. The 1st case study takes you through the challenges & solutions to transitioning to a 100% clean electricity system in Hawaii. The next one discusses economically-viable opportunities, strategies and policies for energy system decarbonization in India.
Watch 3rd Teaser Class
Open House with Terra.do Fellows!
Do you want to get an insider’s view of the program? Chat with our Fellows and learn about their experience with Terra.do.
Happening on 1st August at 9 am US Pacific Time
Your launchpad for fixing climate change
This climate change “bootcamp” course is built around practical & personalized learning. Whether you’re starting a hydrogen-energy company (true story: one of our Fellows is doing just this!) or just curious about climate change, we will get you to where you want to go in your climate journey.
Work in
Clean energy
Sustainable agriculture
Education
Green buildings
Carbon offsets
Green manufacturing
Activism
Climate policy
Resilience planning
Industry of your choice
At the end of the bootcamp, through our Career Services Program, we work with you to find opportunities specific to your time commitment and skillsets. We support you in building your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile to give you distinct visibility in the climate world.
Personalized expert learning support
Our highly skilled instructors have advanced degrees and global experience in climate change work and teaching. You can think of them as your personal coaches and support team as you navigate our program.
Office Hours
Twice a week, we have dedicated discussions with the group instructor. Office Hours cover:
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  • Questions relevant to the class
  • Discussions on topics covered in the class
  • Presentations by other group members
  • Help with quantitative and technical aspects
Group Projects
Twice a week, we have dedicated discussions with the group instructor. Office hour covers:
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  • Teams of 2-4 Fellows
  • Focus on creativity and stepping out of comfort zones
  • Rotation in the teams
1-on-1 Assistance
We track every fellow's progress closely and ensure people get focused personalized treatment:
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  • 1-on-1 with the instructor
  • Regular feedback over content and quality
  • Intensive peer support from your fellow learners
Twice a week, we have dedicated discussions with the group instructor. Office Hours cover:
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  • Discussions & questions relevant to the class
  • Presentations by other group members
  • Help with quantitative and technical aspects
  • Socializing with your fellow learners
We have regular team assignments designed to sharpen your skills to find your voice in the climate change space.
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  • Teams of 2-4 Fellows
  • Focus on creativity and stepping out of comfort zones
  • Rotation in the teams
We track every fellow's progress closely and ensure people get focused personalized treatment:
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  • 1-on-1 with the instructor
  • Regular feedback over content and quality
  • Intensive peer support from your fellow learners
1-1 Mentorship
We offer mentorship to all our Fellows. Our mentors are professionals and experts who have been working on climate change for years, and even decades. Mentors spend dedicated 1-on-1 time with you to guide you on your career plans and ambitions.
  • Over 30 mentors across 8 countries
  • Mentors from 12 sectors including energy, policy, agriculture, sustainability and more
  • Fellows get a chance to pick their preferred mentors
  • This is a complimentary offering as part of our course
Archana Jayaram
Junior Sector Specialist, KfW ∙ India
Dr. G Ravikanth
Senior Fellow, ATREE ∙ India
Mandar Patil
Sr Associate, RMI-India ∙ India
Ian Bolliger
Researcher, Rhodium Group ∙ NYC, USA
Ananth Aravamudan
Energy Sector Lead Villgro ∙ India
Elizabeth Kaiser
Founder ∙ Singing Frogs Farm
Laura Canevari
Founder, ITACA Solutions ∙ Panama City
and
many
more..
Join a vibrant community
Terra is where you find your future coworkers, founders, employees and friends as you transition to climate work. We help you connect with other people who care about climate change from all over the world.
Cody Simms
Partner and Senior VP, Techstars ∙ Los Angeles
Average age of students
28 years
Ha Vu
Software Engineer ∙ New York
Ryan Barrett
Engineering Leader ∙ San Francisco
Students
represent
8 countries
Average work experience
5 years
Anirudh Gupta
PM @ The Sustaibnability Mafia ∙ New Delhi
Toral Varia
Independent Risk Consultant ∙ New Delhi
Our Fellows and employees are spread across multiple timezones and geographies. Our community lives, learns and thrives on our Slack workspace. 
Testimonials
See what our Fellows have to say about the program:
I've been enjoying the content units themselves. It feels like a great survey of the space overall, and I love the combination of instructor notes, videos, and articles. It allows me to go at my own pace and dive deeply into topics that are most interesting to me.
Cody Simms
Partner and Senior VP, Techstars ∙ Los Angeles
I have honestly loved every aspect of the program. From engaging class content featuring the latest climate science, to world-class guest lectures and fascinating discussions with teachers and peers, I'm really enjoying Terra.do :)
Benjamin Bolton
Marketer ∙ London
An awesome way to build a foundation in climate action, through a First Principles approach
Anirudh Gupta
PM @ The Sustaibnability Mafia ∙ New Delhi
I've enjoyed the conversations we've had on the politics & philosophy of climate change - think these are really important to open our minds and get a big picture mindset. I have also liked being reminded of the really harsh realities of the challenge ahead - sometimes it's easier to ignore or push away that reality than deal with it, but it's good to be forced to process it properly sometimes
Liam Hardy
Data Analyst ∙ Sheffield, UK
I’m especially grateful for the people at Terra.do. Instructors, the team “behind the scenes”, guest lecturers, mentors, and students — everyone has created an environment that’s inspiring, enlightening, and empowering. I feel a true sense of belonging, alignment, and a common vision within the cohort.
Tim Falls
Entrepreneur ∙ New Mexico
I love so many things! I've noticed that I feel very energized on days that I start with Terra.do classes. Main highlights: wide spectrum of topics covered, tone and resources in the lectures, live expert talks, sharing ideas in office hours & the mentorship opportunities. I feel the whole course is set up very well and is giving us a lot of learning, energy, ideas and access to people that can help us in our journey.
Antonis Stampoulis
Software Consultant ∙ New York
I love many things about the course. The simplification of complex concepts is a big plus for me. It's like Kamal is speaking to us directly even though she isn't physically present. The mentorship channel is awesome and makes me feel assured that I am not alone in this journey! It's an awesome component of the programme. Last but not the least, the guest lectures - such an amazing line up. Full marks for everything
Toral Varia
Independent Risk Consultant ∙ New Delhi
I absolutely loved the group projects! The assignments really pushed me to study and absorb the material, while collaborating with two other students from around the world.
Dan Battelle
Program Manager ∙ San Francisco
I love the pedagogy - breaking down complex topics into simpler explanations. Guest lectures, esp the one by Dr. Hande, are very enriching.
Deepankar Panda
Social Worker ∙ Mumbai
I love the format and contents of the classes * the homeworks so far have been great, especially the intro essay, childrens' education project, and fact checking. they've all felt really creative and fun! * the breadth and depth of other people in the cohort. so cool that so many of the presentations and lectures so far have been from them!
Ryan Barrett
Engineering Leader ∙ San Francisco
The course content is amazingly comprehensive and organized covering an impressive range of issues & solutions. I enjoy interacting with classmates from around the world who are passionate, well-informed, accomplished, and incredibly supportive towards one another. The instructors and guest lecturers have provided me with a lot of context and knowledge crucial to determining the first steps on my climate journey.
Ha Vu
Software Engineer ∙ New York
Guest lecturers
Interactive sessions with industry experts across various disciplines and geographies
Caroline Hickman
Caroline is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance Executive Committee and is currently working at the University of Bath as a Teaching Fellow in Social Work as she pursues her DPhil in Education.
Caroline Hickman is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance Executive Committee. She is a practising psychotherapist and therapeutic social worker. She is currently working at the University of Bath as a Teaching Fellow in Social Work as she pursues her DPhil in Education.
Lindsay Hamilton
Lindsay is Senior Director, National Media Strategy at Climate Nexus which is a leading strategic communications group dedicated to highlighting the impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States.
Lindsay Hamilton is Senior Director, National Media Strategy, Climate Nexus. Climate Nexus is a leading strategic communications group dedicated to highlighting the impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States.
Dr. Navroz Dubash
Navroz is Professor, Centre for Policy Research, India and is currently a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Sixth Assessment).
Navroz is Professor, Centre for Policy Research, India. He is currently a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Sixth Assessment), advises the UNEP Emissions Gap Report Steering Committee, and has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the UN Climate Action Summit. Within India, Navroz has been a member of the group that developed India’s Low Carbon Strategy for Inclusive Growth and the Committee for a Long Term Strategy for Low Carbon Development for India; he continues to serve on advisory committees on energy, water and air pollution. In 2015, he was awarded the 12th T. N. Khoshoo Memorial Award for his work on Indian and global climate change governance.
David Bill and Faith Van de Putte
Faith and David are co-owners of Midnight's Farm, a regenerative farm on Lopez Island, WA that sequesters carbon through sustainable practices.
Faith and David are co-owners of Midnight's Farm, a regenerative farm on Lopez Island, WA that produces vegetables, grassfed beef, pastured pork, eggs and compost and sequesters carbon through sustainable practices.
Dr. Tracey Osborne
Tracey is an Associate Professor and University of California Presidential Chair, University of California Merced, and Director of newly-created Center for Climate Justice.
Associate Professor and University of California Presidential Chair, University of California Merced, and Director of newly-created Center for Climate Justice. Tracey has three decades of experience working and teaching on issues of climate justice, forestry, and offsets. She conducted extensive research in Chiapas, Mexico on forestry-carbon offsets projects and is deeply connected to multiple climate justice movements.
Laura Canevari
Laura is the founder of ITACA Solutions which is a technical assistance service provider committed to accelerating climate adaptation financing in the Caribbean.
Business Development Associate, Acclimatise, former climate risk analyst, MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University
Caroline Hickman
Caroline is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance Executive Committee and is currently working at the University of Bath as a Teaching Fellow in Social Work as she pursues her DPhil in Education.
Caroline Hickman is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance Executive Committee. She is a practising psychotherapist and therapeutic social worker. She is currently working at the University of Bath as a Teaching Fellow in Social Work as she pursues her DPhil in Education.
Lindsay Hamilton
Lindsay is Senior Director, National Media Strategy at Climate Nexus which is a leading strategic communications group dedicated to highlighting the impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States.
Lindsay Hamilton is Senior Director, National Media Strategy, Climate Nexus. Climate Nexus is a leading strategic communications group dedicated to highlighting the impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States.
Dr. Navroz Dubash
Navroz is Professor, Centre for Policy Research, India and is currently a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Sixth Assessment).
Navroz is Professor, Centre for Policy Research, India. He is currently a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Sixth Assessment), advises the UNEP Emissions Gap Report Steering Committee, and has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the UN Climate Action Summit. Within India, Navroz has been a member of the group that developed India’s Low Carbon Strategy for Inclusive Growth and the Committee for a Long Term Strategy for Low Carbon Development for India; he continues to serve on advisory committees on energy, water and air pollution. In 2015, he was awarded the 12th T. N. Khoshoo Memorial Award for his work on Indian and global climate change governance.
David Bill and Faith Van de Putte
Faith and David are co-owners of Midnight's Farm, a regenerative farm on Lopez Island, WA that sequesters carbon through sustainable practices.
Faith and David are co-owners of Midnight's Farm, a regenerative farm on Lopez Island, WA that produces vegetables, grassfed beef, pastured pork, eggs and compost and sequesters carbon through sustainable practices.
Thomas Rialon
Adrien and Thomas are founders of Magelan.tech. They design climate strategies for tech companies and startups.
Srikanth Bolla
Srikanth is an Indian industrialist who started Bollant Industries, which manufactures Areca based products and provides employment to several hundred people with disabilities.
Dr. Amol Phadke
Amol is the Lead of the India Research Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research is broadly focused on all aspects of energy.
Dr. Harish Hande
Harish is a renewable energy entrepreneur with over 23 years of grassroots experience. He is the co-founder of SELCO Solar Light Pvt Ltd and is presently the CEO of SELCO Foundation.
Dr Charles Fletcher
Chip is globally recognized as a leading climate science expert. He is a Professor in the Dept of Earth Sciences at SOEST, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Dr. Ariella Helfgott
Ariella is the Capability Development and Consulting Lead at Collaboration for Impact (Australia). She undertakes Multi-Actor Collaborative Action Research supporting sustainability transitions.
Dr. Tracey Osborne
Tracey is an Associate Professor and University of California Presidential Chair, University of California Merced, and Director of newly-created Center for Climate Justice.
Laura Canevari
Laura is the founder of ITACA Solutions which is a technical assistance service provider committed to accelerating climate adaptation financing in the Caribbean.
Thomas Rialon
Adrien and Thomas are founders of Magelan.tech. They design climate strategies for tech companies and startups.
Srikanth Bolla
Srikanth is an Indian industrialist who started Bollant Industries, which manufactures Areca based products and provides employment to several hundred people with disabilities.
Our classes are up to date
Climate change is a rapidly evolving space with new developments taking place almost every day. We pride ourselves in updating our classes regularly and making sure you are learning at the cutting-edge of this field. Plus, you get lifetime access to our continuously updated classes! 
Course Creator
Kamal Kapadia
Dr. Kamal Kapadia has 22 years of work, research and teaching experience in the fields of climate change, clean energy and sustainable development. She has taught on climate change at the University of California, Berkeley and at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. Kamal holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
What you will learn
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Week-1
Welcome, introductions, orientation
Introductions, orientation and first challenge assignment
Climate science 1: the basics
Earth’s energy balance, greenhouse effect and greenhouse gases, radiative/climate forcing
Week-2
Climate science 2: elements of climate science
The work of climate scientists, the role of observations and statistics, introduction to climate models
Climate science 3: emissions, stocks and the global carbon cycle
Global Warming Potentials, the global carbon cycle, emissions, stocks, and concentrations, climate sensitivity
Week-3
Understanding global impacts
Why 1.5C, global impacts today, tipping points, global carbon budget, shared socio-economic pathways
Local events and climate change
Extreme event attribution and unpacking media narratives; useful tools and visualizations
Week-4
Climate change and development
Exploring creative models that work for humans and the environment
Week-5
Economics of climate change
Market failure model vs. other perspectives, a critical review of the social costing of carbon, carbon markets and pricing
Global climate politics and justice
Global negotiations, global political movements, fairness and justice
Week-6
Mitigating climate change: a systems perspective
EN-Roads workshop facilitated by Climate Interactive
Energy and climate change 1
Context and concepts: Energy and power, global energy challenges and opportunities, renewable energy technologies, quantitative analysis in clean energy
Week-7
Energy and climate change 2
Energy economics, the smart grid and pathways to deep decarbonization
Energy case studies
Deep dives on clean energy in Hawaii and India
Week-8
Mitigation workshop: other sectors
Transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, industry, ocean solutions, social levers: research briefings project
Carbon sequestration
How do we remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it elsewhere? Natural (soil and forest-based) and technological carbon sequestration
Week-9
Carbon offsets
Carbon offsets overview, critiques, challenges and opportunities + case studies
Climate finance 1
Investing in climate action: Trends, opportunities and challenges; multilateral, bilateral, governmental and private finance models and case studies
Week-10
Climate finance 2
Integrating climate risk into financial models and decision making
Adaptation and resilience
Concepts and toolkit for practice
Week-11
Communicating climate change
Psychology of communicating for advocacy and action; the role of “framing;” exploring creative approaches and examples
Week-12
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Pricing and expected commitment
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12 weeks long. About 10 hours of time commitment every week
Each class has just 20-25 Fellows with extensive skills, background & passion
Instructors available via Zoom, Slack and email
100% online, with 7+ expert live talks. All available for later viewing
Climate Change: Learning for Action
Interactive program with an instructor walking you through the paces
12 Weeks
$999
Application Stages
Frequently Asked Questions
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Who would benefit most from this program?
Anyone who wants a grand overview of the entire climate landscape. Anyone who wants to shift their time & energy into doing climate work. High-school level familiarity with math and science a plus, but not essential.
What if I don't like the program?
If you're less than 3 weeks into the program, we'll refund you 100%. Our only request would be to give us feedback so we can improve the program.
Will the classes fit my schedule?
Yes. Most of the classes are asynchronous so you can decide when to go through them during the week. Our expectation is that everyone will be back in sync when a new week starts. The main live elements are the expert talks which will also be recorded for later viewing.
I can't afford the program cost. Can I get help?
We want all qualified learners to apply, regardless of financial status. Let us know about your financial need when you apply and we'll do our best.
Are you going to be running more cohorts?
We will open admissions soon for cohorts starting November 2020 and January 2021.
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