UN Environment Programme and the Open Universiteit have created a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Marine Litter. Since 2015 when it was launched the course has run already 3 times, accepting in each round thousands of learners, from all around the world. This year the MOOC starts on October 26, 2020 and is free for all students. The MOOC is available in 10 different languages.
Marine litter is a global problem that affects every ocean of the world. Litter is an environmental, human health and socio-economic problem that is a symptom of a highly disposable society. With worldwide growth in the amount of solid litter thrown away every day and slow rates of degradation, the amount of litter present in the marine environment is increasing. This MOOC aspires to teach students through action oriented learning how they can apply successful and inspiring activities to their own local context, regardless of their profession or location. The course will present different options and tools to combat marine pollution such as the use of effective and legitimate tools and it will provide examples that will inspire leadership at all levels. Moreover, the course will benefit policymakers, practitioners, and managers who wish to connect with other professionals in order to enhance their knowledge of marine litter issues.