Have you ever wanted to get in on the ground floor of some major undertaking? Well, such a deal I have for you! The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate, its first ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

Disasters and Ecosystems will teach participants how to factor in climate change when conducting disaster risk reduction activities. The UNEP hopes to use MOOC techniques to reach a million people worldwide over the next five years.

Rather than tailor this twenty hour course to one specific audience in one country, the UNEP is seeking participants ranging from international policy makers to students. And registrants can take it anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Not only that, but the tuition is – here comes my favorite ARES training word – free.

The course will begin on October 1st, with about two hours of study per week through December. Those completing it will receive a Certificate of Participation and a few other disaster-related newsletters and benefits. To learn more or enroll before October 1st, contact the course sponsor at the.mooc@unep.org . And by the way, I found this course on the training pages of the website reliefweb.int .