Become A Climate Activist: Introduction to Sustainability
Intro courses allow students to gain a basic understanding about a new topic.
Students may choose to take multiple intro courses or proceed to a take a deep dive course to deepen their learning.
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Students do not need to have any prior knowledge to register for deep dive courses.

Become A Climate Activist: Introduction to Sustainability

  • Students will have a firm grasp of climate science and the systems driving climate change.
  • Students will be able to communicate climate change’s secondary impacts, including natural disasters and disruptions to human society.
  • Mentors will work with students to link environmental justice and current social justice issues (e.g., human rights and equity).
  • At the end of the course, students will create a proposal to alleviate a natural hazard to present at on a mock UN conference.
Flexible based on student's needs
$85 per hour
Lesson length
60 minutes (recommended)
Students enrolled with the following partners may be able to register for free by applying for a scholarship.
You’ll be able to request a scholarship application during registration.
Scholarships available for community partners
Virtual, join from anywhere!
Class size
Private 1:1
Climate change is shaping up to be the defining issue of our generation, but what is really happening? And what can we do to save our planet?
Before we can advocate for the Earth, we have to educate ourselves. In this course, students will learn about climate change through four different lenses: the truths, the myths, the consequences, and the future. By unpacking international reports on climate science, existing environmental policies and economic strategies, psychological explanations for climate denialism, and opportunities for a sustainable future, students will acquire the tools and the vocabulary to effectively advocate for change. What’s more, students will get a taste of the emerging field of environmental justice, which lies at the intersection of environmental advocacy and social justice. By the end of the course, students will walk away armed with both the knowledge of what they can do now and a project to share. Project options include a cogent essay, presentation, or letter to their representatives that imagines the state of our world in 2050 and explains how and why we need to act NOW to solve the problems presented by climate change.

Explore the curriculum

Climate Change Real? Yes!
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of climate science, from greenhouse gasses to the carbon cycle. They’ll analyze the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and discuss what effects we’d expect to see on our climate down the line if nothing changes.
Global Impact of Climate Change
What are the human impacts of climate change, and are they borne by all countries equally? Students will learn about the costs and implications of adapting to a drastically changed world, from food insecurity to climate immigration patterns. They’ll also decide on the format of their final project—how can we best convey climate information?
Hope for a Green Future
Students have now learned about the causes and implications of our present predicament—how do we combat it and look to the future? What plans are currently in place, and can we devise more effective ones? This class will also introduce students to environmental justice, the concept of ensuring equitable access to environmental benefits and preventing the unequal impact of environmental harms.
Be an Environmental Advocate
This class turns from the conceptual to the actionable: where do we go from here in our everyday lives? Students will read speeches by climate activists like Greta Thunberg, workshop their own creative projects, and learn how they can get involved in climate justice, whether it’s joining advocacy groups or sharing their knowledge in other ways!

Frequently asked questions

What age range is this offering best suited for?

Mentors will adjust the course material to meet different age levels. We have different levels for this course for ages 9-11, 12-15, and 16-18.

Does my child need to have experience with this topic?

No! The course is designed and curated by mentors to be accessible to all levels of experience–including no experience at all.

Can I customize this course further?

Of course! Mentors will work with students to customize the course to their exact interests and ideas.

How adaptable is the course? Can my child take something similar to this that is not this exact syllabus?

Absolutely! Our mentors always adapt courses to best suit the goals and interests of their students. The syllabus is simply a jumping-off point!

Can students take this course together in a group or is it 1:1?

This is intended to be a private 1:1 guided exploration. However, if you have a friend or group of friends that you would like to take this with, please reach out to us and we will make it work!

How much of a role will the mentor play in the course?

The mentor will be a thought partner and guide for the student. The mentor will create slides to teach the student background knowledge and share videos, articles, podcasts, and other resources to introduce the student to new concepts. Like all student-driven Curious Cardinals courses, mentors will curate the course content to a student’s specific passions. The course will be honed to address each student’s unique interests and ideas.

Do I get to choose which mentor leads the course or is it set?

After giving us your preferences, students will be presented with a mentor we recommend as the best fit based on shared interests. If you do not like the mentor we recommend, students can “fire” their mentor and be introduced to a new one!

Can this course be extended? 

Yes! After the initial four lessons, mentors will guide students to dive deeper into a more niche topic area that they discovered through the current course.