Developing Climate Leaders

Climate Literacy Certificate Program

The certificate program provides the skills and knowledge to effectively talk about our changing climate. It gives a 360 degree perspective on climate change, hands-on experience in climate communications and access to a growing network of climate leaders. Students and professionals with demonstrated interests in climate change are encouraged to apply. Some of our past participants have been eligible for college credit and scholarships through their schools.

Over the course of twelve weeks, the Climatepedia certificate participants will learn climate science, technology and policy solutions — as well as effective climate communication strategies. The program includes:
  • Weekly Climate Literacy Readings compiled from news outlets, magazines and other publications. Topics include: (1) climate science; (2) environmental and climate policy; (3) climate solutions; and (4) effective communications
  • Weekly discussions with a mentor and other trainees to discuss the prior week’s readings and current events.
  • Mini-projects to help develop Climatepedia and our sister climate_memes initiative, including research and content creation.
On average, participants should expect an eight to ten hours per week commitment over the course of the program.

Who Should Apply?

Climatepedia certificate alumni come from diverse backgrounds, but share the common goal of learning how to build the skills and relationships to make a positive impact in the climate movement. We have separate discussion sessions for students and working professionals, but all participants will read college-level material. The program is restricted to a limited number of participants per cohort, so only those with serious interest should apply. Please reach out to gianna@climatepedia.org if you have any questions about the program.

About the Climate Literacy Program

  • It is taught by knowledgeable facilitators. Our program facilitators hold PhD or Master’s degrees in fields related to climate science, engineering, policy, and planning from Columbia University, UCLA, Duke University, Yale University, and more. 
  • It is interdisciplinary, reviewing physical science, social impacts, climate solutions and communication trainings. This diverse curriculum has shaped academic and professional trajectories, and empowers people to address issues in their communities. 
  • It is interactive. The trainings are a collection of open-source multimedia materials, including videos, academic journals, podcasts, and news articles. This approach caters to different learning styles, makes virtual learning engaging, and allows for other audiences to repurpose these materials to suit their needs. Since the curriculum is open access, anyone can learn from, apply, and share it. We offer weekly virtual instruction for trainees to discuss the materials together and learn how to share their knowledge with their communities. 
  • It is immersive and productive: not only do participants learn from weekly curriculum and discussion calls, they are actively involved in Climatepedia’s projects and produce tangible contributions, such as writing for our Value Groups pages, presenting at conferences, developing the Tyndall Petition network, and generating social media content.

Participants of our program:

  • Participate in small group discussions with people around the world.
  • Engage their communities by submitting climate-themed op-eds to their local newspapers, having personal conversations on climate change, creating lesson plans for K-12 classrooms, and producing social media content.
  • Gain professional skills and experiences by contributing to Climatepedia’s core projects, such as writing for our Value Groups pages, presenting at conferences, creating infographics, and developing the Tyndall Petition network. We host  workshops on job interviews, resume writing, and graduate school applications.
  • Join a network of climate leaders. Participants meet guest speakers from the public sector, private sector, and academia; Guest speakers have represented organizations ranging from Sunrise Movement to NASA.Our network of 100+ alumni have gone on to founding and leading sustainability-focused organizations in their communities, pursuing advanced degrees in climate-related fields, and becoming research assistants in the fields of climate science, engineering, economics, and policy.

Testimonials from Our Alumni

“Not only did the Climatepedia certification program provide me with vital information needed to understand climate change, but it also gave me a tremendous amount of hope for the future of the planet and humanity as a whole. Being part of this program helped me realize that there are so many others like me who are passionate about the environment and the people who live in it. In the endless battle between fear and hope, knowing you are not alone is a game-changer.” 

– Vivian (Coeur d’Alene, ID)

 

“The Climatepedia Certificate Program is a great opportunity to gain awareness of climate change and its impacts. So many aspects of climate change are left undiscussed by the public at large, but this program provides an excellent comprehensive education on the topic. In this day and age especially, people need to be more conscious of what and how we communicate, educate, and advocate to truly make a difference. This program focuses on not just the science itself, but the communication of it, and as such I highly recommend joining Climatepedia’s program. Completing the curriculum gave me the tools to become a more effective and knowledgeable scientific communicator and helped me in my efforts to be a voice of change as an environmental activist.” 

– Tarynn, (Los Angeles, CA)

 

“I do not have any science background but I am really interested in science. However, because of limited resources and this pandemic, I can’t go to university. Thanks to Climatepedia I had the opportunity to intern, share, and learn about climate change!

When I applied for a research assistantship, I didn’t have much to put on my resume, but I just told the truth about myself: I am an illustrator and an intern with Climatepedia. Unexpectedly, I was chosen out of 460 people. Right now, my research team is studying the awareness of young people about climate change and renewable energy in Indonesia.

We also use Climatepedia’s curriculum as our foundation for surveys. When I shared this curriculum, some of my fellow researchers said it looks like three college credits packed into one program.”

– Erika, (Jakarta, Indonesia)* 

 

“Before starting this internship, I only knew about the basics of climate change. I didn’t feel educated enough about climate change science or climate policies to have an in-depth conversation about it with others. Through this program, I was able to discuss various climate change topics with other passionate climate-aware individuals during the weekly video calls. Learning from my peers was deeply inspiring and ultimately helped me feel more comfortable having discussions about climate change with others. I enjoyed learning from the multimedia curriculum that featured many articles, videos, and podcasts carefully curated by the supportive mentors. This program has provided me with the skills and knowledge necessary to communicate climate information to people with different climate beliefs and has also empowered me to apply climate action in my communities – both at school and at home.”

– Emily (San Francisco, CA)*

 

*Edited for brevity