Social Change

McGill SDG Week (Online Event)

The McGill Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Student Hub is hosting its first annual McGill SDG Week from Feb. 8-12, part of a global plan of action by the United Nations to provide concrete solutions for the world’s sustainability challenges. McGill SDG Week is in support of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted unanimously by the UN General Assembly. The week-long campaign is in support of the UN’s 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted unanimously by the UN General Assembly. Geneva Yang, a U2 student in International Development and Psychology and the president-founder of the McGill SDG...

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Eco-Anxiety: Finding Hope Through Uncertainty

Climate change can be overwhelming and these feelings have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  People are suffering from ecological anxiety and grief and this can sometimes lead to paralysis or denial. Paralysis occurs when people don't know what to do or feel there is too much to deal with. People can also deny serious threats as a way of coping with them. In both cases, the end result is that people do not act to avert the threat.  Climate scientist and activist Susanne Moser has proposed an interesting philosophical position that encourages both awareness and action. She calls this attitude...

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How to Mass Market Electric Vehicles

Access to the course closes on February 5, 2021. This course includes self-paced videos and live webinars. Students that take this professional course will learn about the types of electric vehicles, the market and factors driving market growth, barriers to growth and how the market may overcome potential barriers, EV charging structures and charging station deployment. The course is designed for educators, government and corporate decision makers, automobile dealers and consultants. The course material is organized into three self-study modules of recorded lectures and includes Q&A webinars with instructor, Mr. Julian Bentley, for student questions. Students who want a certificate...

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How to Build a Circular Economy

Titled The Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies, this 6 week online programme from the Cambridge Judge Business School starts on March 9, 2021.  The over-exploitation of natural resources required to achieve economic growth and development has had a negative impact on the environment while also causing these resources to become scarcer and costlier. So it’s easy to see why the idea of a circular economy that offers new ways to create a more sustainable economic growth model is taking hold across the globe.  This programme is designed to help you understand the growing business case for sustainable solutions and learn...

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Online Course – Ecosystem Restoration Design

This 8 month online course  requires 5-10 hours per week and it starts on January 18, 2021. This course will explore the inner workings of ecosystem restoration projects and techniques, and create a plan for how to restore an ecosystem close to your heart. You will learn from 16 ecosystem restoration practitioners and cover a range of topics about natural ecosystem restoration, agricultural, urban, and ecosystem restoration business models. In the end of the course you will develop your own restoration plan for an ecosystem of your choice. Skills you will learn Naming several causes of degradation (social, political, economic,...

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What We Can Learn from 2020

Last year was challenging to say the least, but as we begin 2021, we can look back on 2020 and see that in the midst of all the darkness and despair, there were largely unnoticed good news stories that give us reason to believe that better times are ahead. While many are ruing failed U.S. leadership and the pandemic, history may reveal that these dual hardships have contributed to the creation of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for pervasive change. This hopeful narrative may seem anachronistic but when we peel back the dower headlines, we see that our prospects are nowhere near...

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Online Course – Corporate Sustainability Management

This 6 week online course from the Yale School of Management offers a flexible education experience. Learning modules require approximately 8–10 hours per week. The program convener is Dr Todd Cort a Lecturer in Sustainability at Yale and faculty co-director at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. Dr Cort is a researcher  who works at the intersection of corporate responsibility and sustainable finance. He also collaborates with investors and fund managers to effectively integrate sustainability into investment strategies.  Benefits 1. The skills needed to build a robust corporate sustainability strategy that gives your business a competitive advantage. 2....

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Online Course – Leading an Ethical Business

This six week online course explores ethical decision making to help you define and align values in a business context. This course offers insight into ethical decision-making and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Using ethical frameworks, tools and case studies this course will help participants make better business decisions that have a positive impact. Participants will develop the ability to define and align values in a business context. It will also broaden the perspective and expand your business network. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will gain access to the exclusive Yale School of Management Executive Education group on LinkedIn. ...

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The Psychotherapeutic Benefits of Nature

A growing body of research overwhelmingly supports the view that nature can improve our physical and mental health.  From heart disease to a general sense of well-being, a number of studies confirm that nature offers multiple benefits.  One study found that something as simple as viewing natural scenes lowers heart rates. Exposure to nature has even been shown to decrease mortality Reductions in cortisol levels may be a salient pathway contributing to improved physical wellbeing. As documented in a Japanese study, exposure to nature reduced cortisol levels and contributed to overall physical health. High levels of cortisol are linked to a...

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Online Course – Business Sustainability Management

The University of Cambridge 6 week Business Sustainability Management online short course gives students the skills they need to argue the business case for sustainability, develop integrated sustainability strategies, and implement them throughout your sphere of influence. Time requirements are 8-12 hours per week. The weekly modules offer a flexible learning experience. This course is intended for those who want to expand their knowledge of sustainability. This course covers sustainability in a board range of organizations, industries and practices; including business, consulting, environmental, social and governance (ESG), and energy sectors. It is also for those who are interested in design...

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