Climate change is impacting every sector of society, and there is an urgent need for individuals and organizations to become fully aware of the intensifying risks and take effective action. These impacts present complex challenges to human health, the food supply, the global water cycle, the economy, and transportation. Every effort must be made to minimize our individual and collective effects on the climate and adapt to how a changing climate is affecting us all.
This course provides an overview of climate change science and the impacts of climate change, with particular emphasis on the food system that is so critically important to our survival. In the first part of this course, you will explore the causes of climate change so you can begin to assess how you can help address this grand challenge. You will also evaluate potential impacts posed by climate change on your business, your industry, and you personally, using relevant, science-based evidence from leading experts. Throughout the program, you will identify and use climate change terminology so that you may accurately introduce it into your personal life as well as your organization's daily dialog, culture, planning, and operational decisions. Despite the many challenges posed by climate change you will also discover opportunities.
As your course progresses, you will analyze the risks and opportunities related to the production, transportation, packaging, and sales of your organization's products. If you don't make a product, you will still benefit from the course. Your classmates hail from all walks of life: education, health, finance, career seekers, and many more. Ultimately, you'll come away better prepared to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change on society and your business — and contribute to potential solutions. You will have the invaluable opportunity to interact with your peers from around the world who are also striving to tackle climate change.
Key Course Takeaways
Assess the causes of climate change and its potential impacts on your organization, your occupation, and your personal life
Improve your ability to talk about climate change and incorporate the language into your daily dialog, culture, and decisions
Define and analyze risks and opportunities related to the supply chain, including processing, packaging, storage, and transportation
Gain insight, inspiration, and hope from fellow students
Lecturer, Department of Communication, Cornell CALS
Danielle Eiseman is a lecturer in the Department of Communication within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Professor Eiseman has five years’ experience working in media, advertising, and public engagement, with a focus on messaging on sustainable and pro-environmental behaviors. She has developed coordinated messaging campaigns in Scotland, developed educational and promotional materials for the Scottish Government Climate Change Behavioral Research Group, and organized community debates on climate-related issues such as reducing city speed limits to reduce carbon emissions.
Her Ph.D. is in Marketing from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Professor Eiseman also holds a Master’s in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh, a Master’s in Marketing and Economics from DePaul University, and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Miami University. Professor Eiseman’s current research is focused on engaging the public on climate change through food as well as youth education on climate change.
Mike Hoffmann dedicates all of his time to the grand challenge of climate change and helps people understand and appreciate what is happening through food. Melting glaciers are bad enough but the loss of coffee is downright terrifying – this keeps him going. He tells the climate change story with passion, a little humor, and without doom and gloom. It’s a science-based message about what is happening and what we all can do about it. He has published climate change articles in the popular press – The Hill, Fortune, and USA Today and is writing a book – Our Changing Menu: Climate and the Foods We Love and Need (Cornell Press 2021). His TEDx Talk – Climate change: It’s time to raise our voices has been well received. Previous positions he has held at Cornell include Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change Solutions, Director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, associate director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, and director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program. He is a professor emeritus in the Department of Entomology. He received his BS Degree from the University Wisconsin, MS from the University of Arizona and PhD from the University of California, Davis.
Who Should Enroll
Organizational decision makers
Risk and supply chain managers
Anyone interested in understanding the impacts of climate change and working towards solutions
What You'll Earn
Climate Change Leadership Letter of Completion from College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University