Dr. Suzanne Simard is finding new ways to empower citizen scientists with answers to climate challenges. Starting in January 2024, Dr. Simard and her teaching team will roll out a new UBC online course that showcases how forests can provide natural solutions to climate change and social well-being.
“This course will cover how we can build better relationships between Western and Indigenous science. It will address how we need to get ahead of climate change by recognizing Indigenous Nations need to be leading all stewardship efforts. Students will hear how we need to work together to restore, recover and protect our forests so that they can go back to absorbing more carbon from the atmosphere, thereby mitigating climate change by as much as one third,” says Simard.
“It’s really for anybody who ever felt overwhelmed by the many climate extremes we are seeing happen right outside our doorsteps and felt a need to investigate what we can do for future generations.”
The course is tailored to current UBC Students who do not necessarily have a background in scientific study or forestry and is also open to members of the public, who can apply under UBC’s non-degree studies program in order to be granted course access eligibility.
Find out more about the online course and how to apply here.