SDSNedu, the massive open online education initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, is pleased to announce the launch of four courses in September 2015, including a new “mini-series” course. All courses are offered free of charge and are open to anyone in the world with an Internet connection. Information on these courses is provided below, and we encourage you to follow SDSNedu on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news on upcoming courses! To sign up for any of these courses, please click the link or go to

Laudato Si’: On Care of Our Common Home

Starts September 1, 2015 | Self-paced mini-series

Laudato Si’ provides and overview of Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical of the same name. The mini-series is presented by Cardinal Turkson, Jeffrey Sachs, Bishop Sorondo, Anthony Annett, and William Vendley. Unlike the full-length courses, this mini-series is six chapters and will be released in its entirety on Sept 1st.


The Age of Sustainable Development

Starts September 8, 2015 | 14 weeks

Jeffrey Sachs introduces the complex and interconnected dimensions of sustainable development in this foundational course. Professor Sachs will host live virtual hangout sessions throughout the course, and the course includes a supplemental lecture on achieving the SDGs.


Planetary Boundaries & Human Opportunities

Starts September 14, 2015 | 8 weeks

The course, led by Johan Rockström and colleagues at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, provides a basic understanding of each component of the Earth system, presented through the Planetary Boundaries framework, highlighting the unique influence of humans on these components in the “Anthropocene.”


Climate Change Science & Negotiations

Starts September 28, 2015 | 10 weeks

Jeffrey Sachs and Emmanuel Guerin guide students through the scientific framework and political context of the climate change discussion. The course features live virtual hangout sessions with several climate change experts and leaders in the lead up to the COP21 negotiations in Paris in December 2015.