I know what you’re thinking. You can’t handle much more of this. Smokejumpers used to put out the damn fires. Now they’re spotting 40,000 acres overnight, threatening whole towns, moving where they want, when they want.

What does a concerned citizen do?

Well, one answer is to educate him/herself. And Cornell University just announced a free on-line course called Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action. The course runs September 11 to October 1. Anyone can take the course, and you can join together with friends or family members to take it together.

Here’s the link to sign up: http://www.sustainablecampus.cornell.edu/blogs/news/posts/free-cornell-climate-change-mooc

You will learn climate change science, communication, and action from experts and apply this knowledge to local climate action projects. There are weekly online discussions, short quizzes, and a final project where you apply what you have learned to your work. Expect 3 to 4 hours a week of work. Instructors will deliver course material via video lecture and readings. Course participants may complete assignments alone or with other students. You can access course lectures and readings at any time during the course.

We hope you will think about taking the course.

Jeff Smith, co-chair, 350 Montana