Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.


Energy, the Environment and Our Future

Pennsylvania State University via FutureLearn

This course may be unavailable.



This course shows the immense value we get from energy, where we get it, why the energy system must change, and why a faster change is needed.

We’ll cover: + Why Energy Matters + Oil, Coal and Natural Gas + Drilling, Fracking and Reserves + The History and Physics of Global Warming

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify natural and human-driven systems and processes that produce energy and affect the environment
  • Explain basic scientific concepts related to energy
  • Discuss how global warming from fossil fuel use has arisen historically
  • Summarize how the climate has always changed and how humans are driving changes, which will have large, long-lasting impacts if we don’t shift our energy system

This course is designed for anyone at any level, with an interest in how energy, the environment and our future are interrelated. It is ideal for anyone considering postgraduate study in the field, such as the online Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems from Penn State.

Taught by

Richard B. Alley


Start your review of Energy, the Environment and Our Future

Never Stop Learning.

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.