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Environmental sustainability is the greatest challenge of our time. We see the magnitude of the challenge in the decline of the natural world. But the causes of this decline, its consequences, and its solutions are all about us humans. Learn the basics of sustainability and discover cutting-edge research, and inspiring solutions from researchers at the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society.

The course will cover a diverse range of natural and social science aspects of sustainability. Each session will involve a different topic with a combination of lectures and exercises. Speakers are mostly emerging young researchers at the forefront of their disciplines from the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society. The course co-ordinator is Dr Steven Lade, a visiting researcher from the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.

Course outline

Content may be modified depending on teacher availability.

  • August 7 - Steve Lade - Introduction and historical timeline of sustainability
  • August 14 - Juliana Lazzari - Biodiversity science
  • August 21 - Claudia Munera - Adapting biodiversity conservation to climate change
  • August 28 - Justin Borevitz & Helen King - Regenerative agriculture
  • September 4 - Bronwyn Wilkes - Food systems and human health
  • September 11 - Kate Harriden - Indigenous perspectives and water
  • September 18 - Anna Lukasiewicz - Justice and sustainability
  • September 25 - Nick Abel & Steve Lade - Climate, politics, and what can I do

Learning outcomes

At completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify the biophysical changes being experienced on our planet
  • describe how sustainability underlies human wellbeing
  • identify how we can build sustainable futures at the individual and societal level.

Who should enrol

Anyone Interested in learning about climate, environment, sustainability.  

**This is designed as a companion course to 'Living with climate change' **