Free Courses on Conservation, Climate Change & Sustainability

In the light of making lemonade from the lemons that life has handed in us in the past couple of weeks, we have put together a list of 19 free courses you can take online. 



  • 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
  • Offered by the University of Illinois (free via Coursera)

Sustainable Fashion

  • In this course, we provide an overview of business model theory and discuss business models as essential tools in the transformation towards more sustainable businesses.
  • Offered by Copenhagen Business School (free via Coursera)

Fashion and Sustainability: Understanding Luxury Fashion in a Changing World

  • Learn about the best environmental technologies for a sustainable development and how they are managed in various settings around the world. This course gives you an opportunity to learn about global trends that influence our environment and the living conditions and how different management systems and approaches that are used around the world to manage the environment. 
  • Offered by the Technical University of Denmark (free via Coursera)


Global Warming I: The Science and Modeling of Climate Change

  • This class describes the science of global warming and the forecast for humans’ impact on Earth’s climate. Intended for an audience without much scientific background but a healthy sense of curiosity, the class brings together insights and perspectives from physics, chemistry, biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, and even some economics—all based on a foundation of simple mathematics (algebra).
  • Free via Coursera (University of Chicago)



National Geographic has a whole range of free courses focussing on conservation, available on their website.

Introduction to Conservation

Prioritisizing Species and Spaces

Understanding Illegal Wildlife Trade 

Ocean Challenges and Solutions

Conservation Project Planning 

Scientific Expeditions for Conservation (here)

  • An introduction to ecology and ecosystem dynamics using a systems thinking lens. Through a case study on Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, learners will explore how scientists study ecosystems, and investigate the complex array of factors that inform management efforts. At the end of the course, learners will be able to grapple with real-world conservation questions, such as whether an ecosystem can recover from anthropogenic disruption and what role humans can, and should, play in that recovery.
  • Offered by the American Museum of Natural History (free on Coursera)



Basic Land Navigation: How to Find Your Way and Not Get Lost

  • Practical ways to find your way across the terrain using only a map and a compass to guide you. 
  • Use a topographic map for orientation and a compass for direction to find your way across the terrain.
  • R200 on Udemy

Navigation & Mapping with Garmin GPS 


Basic Survival Concepts

Essential guide to survival in the wilderness with nothing


Knots & Hitches for Beginners & Pros

RMI Mountaineering Knots
  • A collection of mountaineering knots and hitches that climbers should know in order to feel comfortable and properly prepared when joining an expedition
  • Free Online Resource