Climate Action

Sustainable Development Goal 13 is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

The courses listed below contain content relative to the pursuit of this goal.  Click through to read more about each course, and to be linked to the course page in the UTSC Calendar.

For more information on the Goal itself, visit


Environmental Stress, Culture and Human Adaptability


This course examines the human adaptability refers to the human capacity to cope with a wide range of environmental conditions, including aspects of the physical environment like climate (extreme cold and heat), high altitude, geology, as well as aspects of the socio-cultural milieu, such as pathogens (disease), nutrition and malnutrition, migration, technology, and social change.


Biodiversity and Conservation


A seminar exploration of current topics in biodiversity and conservation, including genetic, organismal, and community levels. 

Environmental Pollution


This course illustrates the environmental effects of urban expansion, changing methods of agriculture, industrialization, recreation, resource extraction, energy needs and the devastation of war. 

Principles of Climatology


This is an overview of the physical and dynamic nature of meteorology, climatology and related aspects of oceanography. 

Natural Hazards


This course is an investigation of the geological background and possible solutions to major hazards in the environment.

Biodiversity and Biogeography


Emphasis will be on the highly diverse invertebrate animals. Topics include biomes, dispersal, adaptation, speciation, extinction and the influence of climate history and humans.

Sustainability in Practice


This course is intended for students who would like to apply theoretical principles of environmental sustainability learned in other courses to real world problems.

Introduction to Environmental Studies


This course introduces the Environmental Studies major and the interdisciplinary study of the environment through a team-teaching format.



Three modules take students from relatively simple determinations of risk (e.g., infrastructure flooding) towards more complex, real-world, inclusive considerations (e.g., ecosystem impacts of climate change).

Development and Environment


The influences of development on the global environment; species extinction, loss of productive land, reduced access to resources, declining water quality and quantity, and climate change.

Physics of Climate Modeling


A course introducing the main physical concepts needed to describe, model and understand the climate systems of Earth and other planets. 

Environmental Internship


This course offers students the opportunity to gain practical research experience as an intern with an environmental organization.