What It Was Like to Learn About Climate Change Online

Throughout the spring or second semester for students, I was able to take an online course called GOA: Climate Change and Global Inequality. Many of my classmates lived around the world, so, when having to Zoom call each other, we had to compromise for a suitable time to meet. We worked on research papers, projects, presentations, and more, and through this, I was able to learn more about climate change that I did not know before. I was lucky enough to have my school offer me the chance to learn online, so I took advantage of my class and was able to discover climate change in different countries and not just in the US.

One of our projects was to research our given country (I was to study and research India). For one week, we had to research about India and the levels of greenhouse gasses, fossil fuels, etc., and how much and how well India is doing to prevent the increase of their levels of climate change. My previous knowledge of India was slim, only knowing the basics that my friends had told me about, so, when learning about India, I was able to research plenty more information than I ever knew about in my entire education.

One of the last research papers we had to do was by choosing a topic and doing research on it. I decided to learn about Quality Education. I was able to learn about education and how climate change has affected many kids in developing countries from being educated. As this was my spring break, I hit a bit of a dead-end, nearly missing the deadline to finish writing my paper, however, when I came to researching my topic, I dove into the world and how much climate change took a hit to many of these countries. I went from looking up how much climate change affected the education systems to researching how climate change should be a part of the curriculum in schools around the world.

Being able to learn about climate change has taught me a lot about the world that we live in and how much there is to do to change our living and help Mother Earth. Not only was I able to gain new knowledge, but I was also able to use different resources when taking this class that I would never have used in the past. By taking an online course, I was able to save more paper than I would if I had been taking a physical class. Although my use of energy and technology increased, especially in a time of COVID-19, I was able to save the money and paper for online copies of the things I needed.

As we dive deeper into COVID-19, everyone around the world is using more technology, and many – if not all – schools have gone online. While there are sources out there saying that climate change has gone down significantly since COVID-19 started, the online course I took was able to learn about how this is indeed not true (and, of course, it is evident as to why even without taking a class). The people who signed up for an online course – whether through high school or university – were able to get a sense of online courses much earlier.

Luckily there are many opportunities for you to take an online course, whether it’s for free or a paid class, I have been fortunate enough to be able to learn about climate change for free through my school. Many opportunities are arising as we move forward into COVID-19 to learn about climate change, so hopefully, we can all take this time online to learn more.


Veronica Chen

What We Can Do To Learn About Climate Change

Many young individuals around the world are curious about learning about climate change which can be solved many different ways. As COVID-19 has us confined in our homes, the abilities to learn more about our world broadens

1.  Research or learn online

In the modern world, we are lucky to have technology around the world and one of the solutions is to learn online. As we step further into COVID-19, using our computers and devices to research more about  climate change and how extreme weather and conditions are affecting not just developing countries’ economy and living situations, but their children’s educations.
Taking  part in an online class whether for free or through your school stretches the amount of knowledge you can gain. Discovering the different situations around the world through websites, the news, articles, and consulting one another on the topics of climate change.
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2. Physical paper and communication

While we sit at home, we may have resources online to help our day to day learning, however, it is important to take breaks from using technology, so, here are some great recommendations of learning about the world and education and climate change all through paper. Energy and Civilization: A History by Vaclav Smil is a terrific book to read about the history of energy, politics, the environment, etc.
Reading is a big aspect to learning, however, communicating with another, perhaps your family member, helps with developing your climate change knowledge. Whether it is talking to an adult or another of similar age, talking about climate change can benefit growth in what you think about of the world and how you can apply your future actions into these discoveries.
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I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or by email! Please feel no restraint to be able to read freely and comment freely. Climate change is a tough topic to discuss but by being educated in it and to slowly learn about it, we can understand what Mother Earth is going through.
Please comment some things that perhaps you wish your school taught about climate change and if you agree that climate change should be taught in schools as well as some impacts within your life that shows the evidence of climate change. I’m eager to hear your thoughts and knowledge!


Veronica Chen