Welcome to the online course "Culture and Climate Resilient Development"

This course explores the fundamental role of culture in Culture and Climate Resilient Development, and focuses on the perspective of local or regional governments, as well as cultural actors and institutions from all continents. It is based on the report "The Role of Culture and Climate Resilient Development", launched by the UCLG Culture Committee and coordinated by Andrew Potts.

This training process has the form of a self-guided online course. It is divided into three sections, including a brief introduction to the topic, subsequently followed by six lectures, which in turn explore the conclusions of the aforementioned report, and finishing with a time-travelling section and the annexes.

It also showcases a wide variety of case studies from all over the world drawn from an open call for contributions for the elaboration of the report, a good practice from UCLG Learning peer-learning notes, and audio-visual resources within the modules, as well as complementary in-depth materials, which you will find at the end of the course. Moreover, this MOOC also offers the opportunity to test your own knowledge in the field.

What will you learn in this MOOC?

  • How to make arts, culture and heritage take part as key factors for imagining new resilient futures; desirable ways of living neither wedded to the carbon economy nor dependent on unsustainable narratives.

  • How to engage with climate change profiles and vulnerability scenarios.

  • How cultural actors are and should be further involved in the emissions of their communities.

  • How to further engage with interdisciplinary work towards tackling climate change, intertwining cultural actors with a wide range of different sectors.

  • How to identify potential tensions or synergies that may arise between climate action and culture, thus reconciling trade-offs and maximising synergies.

  • How to address the challenges of climate change through a cultural lens and from a perspective of equity and justice.


This course is designed for a wide variety of backgrounds. There are no prerequisites to enrol in this MOOC, and it is free of charge. The terminology used throughout the modules can be found in the glossary included as an annex in the last section of this course, where also bibliography and references related to the information included in this MOOC can be found.

For any queries you may have, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team at the UCLG World Secretariat at [email protected]