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Climate change: Learning for Action

A deep dive into the full climate change landscape. Kickstart your journey with a 12-week climate education and solutions bootcamp.

Applications close on August 8th 2022

UNMATCHED FACULTY

World-class educators and guest lecturers

Dr. Kamal Kapadia

Course Creator
Ph.D., Terra.do Co-founder

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Spotlight: Guest Events

Join a galaxy of leading climate voices in frank conversations about what’s working and what still needs work.

Fireside chats

Dynamic conversations with climate leaders to explore timely climate topics — from demystifying IPCC reports to discussing COP outcomes.

Guest talks

Lively and engaging small-group sessions that are designed to help you understand the practical applications of what you learn each week.

Live workshops

Hands-on & highly interactive sessions for you to practice new skills and and better grasp the complex climate topics introduced in the course.

Guest lecturers include:

Dr. Navroz Dubash

Professor, Centre for Policy Research (India)

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.

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Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

Author and strategist (USA)

Katharine co-edited the book All We Can Save, and leads the All We Can Save Project. She was also principal writer and editor-in-chief at Project Drawdown. Dr. Wilkinson holds a doctorate in geography and environment from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA in religion from Sewanee.

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Dr. Harish Hande

Founder, SELCO (India)

Harish Hande is a well-known social entrepreneur, who co-founded SELCO India in 1995. He also served as its director, and under his leadership SELCO has won Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy 2005, Accenture Economic Development Award for 2005, Ashden Award for “Outstanding Achievement” in energy sector and many more honours. Harish Hande is a recipient of the very prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2011 for “his pragmatic efforts to put solar power technology in the hands of the poor, through his social enterprise SELCO India”.

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Dr. Tracey Osborne

Professor, University of California Merced (USA)

Tracey is an Associate Professor and University of California Presidential Chair, U.C. Merced, and director of the newly-created Center for Climate Justice. She was previously a professor at University of Arizona where she helped develop a climate justice mapping project in collaboration with environmental NGOs and indigenous organizations, was the Director of the Public Political Ecology Lab. Her research investigates the political ecology of environmental markets, particularly carbon markets,and their implications for the lives and livelihoods of forest communities in the Global South. Tracey received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her dissertation research focused on carbon forestry and development in Chiapas, Mexico.

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Dr. Charles Fletcher

Professor, University of Hawaiʻi (USA)

Dr. Charles “Chip” Fletcher is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Earth Sciences at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawai at Manoa. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission. For his work in service to government agencies and public groups, he was the 2006 recipient of the Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for Faculty Service to the Community. He has also received (2001) the Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service. In 2011 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized his professional work with an Environmental Achievement Award in Climate Change Science and in 2018 he was given the Leadership Award by the Pacific Risk Management Ohana (PRiMO), a coalition of organizations with a role in hazard risk management in the Pacific region.

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Caroline Hickman

Psychotherapist and Climate Psychologist (UK)

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. Her research focuses on climate psychology for young people.

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Get one-on-one mentorship every step of the way

Guidance on your personal climate career journey from industry experts across the world.

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Individually matched

Each fellow is matched with mentors based on their background and interest.

Deeply experienced

Professional and expert mentors with decades of climate experience on the ground.

Across sectors

Every major climate sector: energy, policy, agriculture, sustainability, ESG, climate finance, and more.

Dedicated time

1:1 time to give you personalized guidance on your climate career plans and ambition.
Leah Bessa

Co- Founder & CSO, De Novo Dairy (South Africa)

Leah has a Ph.D. in Food Science, focusing on alternative, sustainable meat products. Co-founded Gourmet Grubb, developing sustainable milk alternatives from insects. Co-founded Oaternative, oat-based milk alternative. Fellow with Climate Champions team in lead up to COP26. She recently launched another company called De Novo Dairy which makes dairy products without cows.

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Shashwat Gangwal

Sr. Investment Manager, Sagana Capital (India)

Shashwat is currently the youngest investment manager at an impact-focused fund, Sagana, where he looks at FoodTech, Sustainable Packaging, Alternative Materials, and Climate-related solutions. He founded a startup in the food-delivery industry – InfinityBox, which has partnered with Swiggy and HungerBox, the largest B2C and B2B food delivery aggregators in India to do away with single-use plastic containers and replace them with reusable food-grade containers.

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Aiyana Bodi

Senior Associate, Drawdown Labs (USA)

As Senior Associate with Drawdown Labs, Aiyana Bodi works to help corporate partners scale climate solutions to make a more meaningful impact in the broader world. Aiyana is passionate about intersectional environmentalism, and aims to use creative and informative communications to ensure that climate solutions center justice and equity. Aiyana joined Project Drawdown from Pacific Forest Trust, where she worked with policymakers and other stakeholders to bolster forest conservation and climate policies at the state and federal levels.

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Liz Juvera

Environmental Planner, SF Estuary Partnership (USA)

Liz is a communicative and synergistic project manager with over 8 years of experience devoted to sustainable operations, environmental conservation, natural resource planning, and cross-collaboration. Most of her professional experience has been focused in science research or resilience planning, but her passions lie in sustainable production, responsible sourcing, and waste management.

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Luigi Toda

Senior Climate Resilience Specialist, Arup (Philippines)

Luigi is a Program Manager (Climate Change Resilience) with Arup International Development East Asia, currently managing a regional technical assistance on resilience measurement, communication, and capacity building of Asia Development Bank’s Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund. His experience spans projects in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, urban resilience, climate and disaster financing, risk and vulnerability assessment, flood modeling, spatial analysis, and ESG across Southeast Asia, South Asia, and South Pacific Islands.

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Will Giese

Southeast Regional Director, SEIA (USA)

Currently Southeast Regional Director at SEIA, the largest and oldest national trade association representing the solar industry. Oversees 11 states across the southeast as part of the state affairs team. Engages in direct advocacy to expand and create markets through regulatory, legislative, and other policy arenas.

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When I started Terra, I was unsure what should be done to solve climate change, hesitant about if I could make an impact, and alone in trying to figure it all out. Now, at the end of my Terra course, I am clear on what we need to do to solve climate change, feel confident that I can and must play my part, and have a strong community of friends and colleagues working to solve climate change. I’m now accepting a full-time offer to join a climate tech company as a product manager.

Eric Li

Product, Afresh

Course breakdown

Sign up to get a detailed syllabus in your inbox, or check out a week-by-week outline below. 

Welcome and Orientation
Introductions, orientation to the course, and the first assignment

Climate Science 1: Earth’s energy balance, greenhouse effect and greenhouse gases, radiative/climate forcing.

Climate Science 2: 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

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

Climate Change and Development
Exploring creative models that work for humans and the environment

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

Mitigating Climate Change: A Systems Perspective
En-ROADS workshop facilitated by a Climate Interactive Ambassador

Energy and Climate Change 1
Energy and power, global energy challenges and opportunities, renewable energy technologies, quantitative analysis in clean energy.

Energy Deep Dive (Optional)
Energy and power, efficiency and capacity factors, load curves and load duration curves, energy economics, and some energy case studies in Hawaii and India.

Energy and Climate Change
Electrifying everything. Decarbonizing transport, buildings and industry

Food and Farming
Fixing a broken food system through regenerative agriculture and decarbonization of supply chains

Carbon Removal
Natural sequestration (ocean, soil and forest-based) and technological carbon removal

Carbon Offsets
Carbon offsets overview, critiques, challenges and opportunities, case studies

Climate Finance 1
Investing in climate action: Trends, opportunities and challenges

Climate Finance 2
Integrating climate risk into financial models and decision making

Climate Adaptation and Resilience
Concepts and toolkit for practice, real-world examples

Corporate Climate Action
A guide to leading a sustainable business

Communicating Climate Change
Psychology of communicating for advocacy and action

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Learn with (and from!) peers and alumni

We take care to bring together an accomplished group of passionate individuals with deep desire to connect, which ensures that your learning goes beyond the classroom.

Accomplished professionals

From mid- and late- career professionals successful in their current jobs to hungry, talented newcomers raring to go.

United by purpose and ethos

Every member is animated by a deep desire to work on and help each other with this generation's biggest crisis, climate change.

As diverse as climate itself

Our members cover a wide spectrum with their function, role, industry, country, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender.

Personalized and expert instruction

Our skilled instructors have advanced degrees and/or global experience in climate change work and education. They’re your first port of call for questions you have as you go through your learning journey. 

Climate lab groups

Once a week, you will meet with your instructor in live, small-group sessions for:

Real-world assignments

You will engage in individual and team projects designed to:

Personal attention

We track every fellow’s progress closely and ensure people get the support they need:

Up-to-date material

We update our learning material to stay cutting-edge:

Pricing and expected commitment

US$ 1,499 / 12 weeks

or 3 installments of $499/mo.

Intensive program

12 week duration, between 6-12 hours of time commitment per week.

Exclusive events

8+ expert live guest talks, fireside chats and workshops available for later viewing.

Focused groups

Each class has just 20-25 fellows with a diversity of skills, background & passion.

100% Online

100% online, with instructors available via Zoom, Slack and email.

Who is this program for?

Experienced professionals who want to use their skill sets to work on climate change solutions NOW.

Committed

You’ve already committed to start working on climate solutions.

Skilled

You have honed professional skills (of any stripe) with multiple years of experience in any industry.

Sufficient time

You have sufficient time (~100 hours) to dedicate to a complete overview of the climate change landscape.

Too busy

You don’t have the time to commit to a deep dive right now (you can always apply for later cohorts).

Climate indifference

You’re a climate change skeptic or are indifferent to the climate crisis.

Our fellows say it best...

Benjamin Bolton

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 🙂

Toral Varia

Easily the best [12] wks of my career up-skilling journey. If I could, I'd do it all over again. @kamal_kapadia & @SeignerAlana unpacked significant & scientific lessons on #ClimateChange, brought us global mentors from the field to learn from.

Alyssa Dizon

I'm ecstatic about my [new climate job] opportunity— truly a dream job for me that I could not have gotten without Terra! Terra solidified my interests in tech for the built environment with parallel work in policy advocacy / community organizing, and that's now exactly what I'll get to do.

Anirudh Gupta

Transitioning into the climate action and sustainability challenge is a slow and steady, yet overwhelming process. A key tool in my toolkit that I'm loving as I peel back the layers and chart my route, is Terra.do's Climate School.

Frequently asked questions

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 is a plus, but not essential.

If you’re less than 3 weeks in, we’ll refund you 100%. Our only request is that you give us feedback so we can make improvements.

The course is 12 weeks long and starts with introductory sessions on August 11th (applications close on August 8th). To accommodate for a diverse global pool of participants, most classes are asynchronous so you can decide when to go through them during the week. Our Slack channel for the cohort also facilitates asynchronous discussions between groups. All live sessions will be recorded for later viewing, though we encourage you to attend live where possible. The main live sessions run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (US time), with other optional sessions throughout the week.

We want this program to work for learners of all stripes, regardless of individual or organizational ability to pay. Please apply—we will make every effort to accommodate the circumstances of qualified students. If it helps, we can offer you an instalment-based payment schedule where you pay the course fee in 3 parts.

Yes. Our plan is to run a new cohort every 7 weeks. If you’re interested in a future cohort, please mention it in your application.

Kickstart your climate action journey

Join our community of professionals, experts, and educators working on climate change.