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FREE ONLINE COURSE – Introduction to Sustainability

Hi all! I want to spread the message about a great FREE ONLINE course that you can follow on the platform Coursera. The course is an Introduction to Sustainability from the University of Illinois.

  “This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.”

  The structure of the course is not difficult to follow. There are 5-7 video lectures each week and 2 tests with a deadline – the end of the week. If you are a passionate young environmentalist but you lack some theoretical foundation for your passion – this is the course for you!

Ooops, I forgot to mention something… All the study materials are free. Here you can download the book for this course.All you need for this course is a laptop, internet, 7-8 hours of your time each week and a lot of motivation.

Oh, and one more thing – if you perform well, you can even get a Statement of Accomplishment for this course. Don’t hesitate! Sign up!

 

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National Climate Ambassadors in Dana, Jordan

I just got back home after two amazing days in Dana for national climate ambassadors training, the two days training was great, full of energy, hot topics, Jordan environment challenges and creative idea.

In the first day when I have meet the participant most of them they were guys! I was worried about it as it’s so hard to make guys setting and listing! But the opposite happen and they were so interested to get the knowledge, discuss, share ideas, ready to apply project action and hit the ground!

During the training we have discussed Jordan most environment challenges which are: waste, energy and water scarcity. Then we have presented theory and knowledge about campaigning, this was helpful for the participant to think about campaigning idea to solve Jordan challenges.

In the second we have talked about the Innovation cup, where there is going to be competition between participant to get 1000$ as prize to start apply their own project. In order to plan for the Innovation cup, participant got the knowledge about the innovation, brain storming about ideas, categories the projects and then planning for the project. The participants come up with 5 projects and four of them were match the C SMART criteria.

The overall experience was very good as the feedback from the participant was good and I have notice that they starts seriously about the environment challenges, their life style of consuming and their behaviors. The hope always exists and I am sure that youth in Jordan are smart and can protect their country and do an action!
Every time I participated in training as participant but this time I was as facilitator, it was a very good experience for me as I have got the chance to see things from different angel, as I could see the energy in the participant and this make me more insist to continue what I have started from last 5 years ago by get people attention and flashing the environment challenges, In addition appreciate every the environment around us! Can’t wait for the Innovation Cup and see what kind of successful project the participant will present :)

A new team of climate ambassadors has seen the light of day

It has only been two weeks since a new team of Jordanian youth climate ambassadors saw the light of day. Yet they are already busy spreading the word of climate change and sustainable environmental practices. The group consists of energetic youth from all over Jordan eager to make a difference in their local communities and in society in general. We had a great course with talks by German Anselm Ibing (Abu Saleem) who was sharing his knowledge on Jordan’s main environmental challenges focussing on water scarcity, Rula Asir who talked about transforming green knowledge into action, Ahmad Alzghoul who taught the group about advocacy, and Dr. Ayyoub Abu Dayeh who  was sharing his solutions to climate change and environmental challenges focussing on energy. We would like to thank all of you for these contributions – we couldn’t have made it without you! Moreover, we would like to thank all the participants for your engagement in the project and the enthusiasm you came to the course with. You are the reason it became an incredible weekend.

As part of the course, the participants were asked to plan their own environmental training programme, where they go out to schools and institutions and spread the message of environmental challenges and acts of change. Many interesting ideas were developed and we are now exited to see these ideas come into action. In two weeks we will gather the group again to an informal talk on achievements, challenges and further idea sharing. Based on this, we will gather the group once more to develop the environmental and climate change knowledge base as well as the advocacy and communicative skills of the group.

I am really looking forward to see what Jordan’s new climate ambassadors have achieved! You can be the change you want to see in Jordan!

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