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Online climate change awareness course launches for Suffolk

Posted by Communications on 17 November 2022 | Comments

A free, online course has been launched to coincide with COP27 to support individuals and businesses to learn about the impacts of climate change in Suffolk.

The course aims to improve understanding of the environmental issues facing communities in the county and beyond.

‘An Introduction to Climate Change Awareness’ presents an opportunity to learn more about the climate emergency and the importance of acting to reduce its impacts.

It has been funded by Suffolk County Council as part of the wider Green Suffolk collaborative partnership, which includes Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, to reduce the impacts of climate change in Suffolk.

The course is free and easy to access through the Creating the Greenest County website

In response to the climate emergency, Suffolk’s public sector organisations including the NHS, the police and local councils are working together to implement the Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan. This ambitious plan was set out in 2021 to drive Suffolk towards carbon neutrality by 2030.

The online course is designed for anyone wishing to learn more about the effects of climate change and is suitable for businesses looking to offer climate awareness training to staff.

It was piloted during the summer months and businesses were invited to complete the course and provide feedback.

One participant said:

“The course was one of the most engaging courses that I have seen, and I used to work in the field, so have seen many. It was well put together and included lots of great information.”

The course takes approximately 40 minutes to complete, and is divided into 5 short modules:

  1. What is climate change?
  2. The global impact of climate change
  3. The local impact of climate change
  4. What action is Suffolk taking?
  5. What can you do to help?

Councillor Andy Drummond, chair of the Suffolk Environment Portfolio Holders’ Group, comments on how this course compliments the environmental work already taking place in the county:

“The Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan has identified several key areas where we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. These include transportation, energy and the efficiency of our homes and business premises. The hope is that this course will help to increase understanding of the impacts we are currently experiencing here in Suffolk.

"By helping residents to see how we all fit into the bigger picture, we hope to encourage positive action and improve engagement with our efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.”

 Access the course through the Creating the Greenest County website