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Climate Solutions Wiki Scientists

Climate solutions are proven, powerful, and effective, but they aren’t happening at the scale necessary to curb climate change quickly. Why? We need a mindset shift on a collective level in order to cut emissions across all sectors. We also need to communicate to the public and policymakers that we have everything we need to create an equitable and just future.

Wikipedia has a proven track record for affecting collective behavior across a wide range of sectors. Averaging 18 billion page views per month, it is the 5th most visited website in the world. And Wikipedia readers are not just students doing homework or friends settling an argument. Research shows Wikipedia content influences tourism, scientists, and even judges’ legal rulings. That’s why it’s vital that we take part in updating and correcting Wikipedia’s content. Let’s leverage that power for the climate.

The Wiki Scientists course

Wiki Education invites subject-matter experts to participate in an 8-week virtual course as they learn how to edit Wikipedia. We’ll take a deep dive into Wikipedia’s coverage of climate solutions and add high-quality information to Wikipedia to inform the public with potentially life-changing knowledge. From March 9 – April 27, 2023, Climate Solutions Wiki Scientists will attend a series of virtual classes facilitated by Wiki Education’s Wikipedia experts.

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Meet Thursdays: 8 live sessions with our Wikipedia experts and a focused group of 10-20 other climate-passionate participants

 

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3 hours per week of light reading, researching your chosen climate solution, and writing directly on Wikipedia

 

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Access a collaborative community of Wikipedia experts and professional peers

 

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$1000 course fee to make this a repeatable program we can offer and so we can continue bringing new voices to Wikipedia

Week 1: Introductions

Get to know each other and begin to see Wikipedia as a powerful tool for communicating climate solutions to the public and policymakers.

Weeks 2–4: Joining the community

Discover more about the people who make up Wikipedia’s community and pick a climate solution you’d like to take your deep dive into. We’ll show you how to identify what information is missing from Wikipedia and how to add it according to Wikipedia’s standards. You’ll begin drafting content for pages that get as many as thousands of readers every day!

Weeks 5–8: Educating the public

You’ll take what you’ve learned and make your work “live” on Wikipedia. Your peers and Wiki Education’s experts will help you polish your work to make sure you meet readers with the best information out there. And you’ll get to commune with your fellow Climate Solutions Wiki Scientists about any challenges and successes you’ve experienced so far.

You’ll meet weekly to commune with Wikipedia editors and a close-knit group of 10-20 peers.

Why Wikipedia?

Only 9% of Americans are dismissive of climate change. But public support (or rejection) of climate solutions is not based on science as much as it’s based on existing cultural schemas and personal values. Non-partisan spaces, like Wikipedia, are invaluable opportunities for people to learn and participate in discourse about climate science and solutions. These public spaces are the true catalysts for changing mindsets to advance climate action. With a worldwide reach unlike that of any other public resource, Wikipedia presents the best opportunity to introduce the masses to climate solutions.

Our vision is that all people understand:

  1. Climate change is real and immediate.
  2. The impacts are catastrophic, especially for humanity.
  3. There is urgency to act now.
  4. We already have solutions for a more equitable future.

The public trusts Wikipedia—and for good reason. Wikipedia is free from advertising or the influence of private interests. Its open access origins create the possibility of democratizing knowledge, and its community has worked for more than 20 years to manage mis- and disinformation. Wikipedia is a neutral common ground for contextualizing the effects of climate change in peoples’ everyday lives and giving them hope and roadmaps for solutions.

Who is this course for?

We’re looking for subject-matter experts who want to build their climate network while advancing public knowledge. We want this course to have an atmosphere that is hopeful and regenerative. You don’t need to have knowledge of specific climate solutions, but a research background and passion for advancing climate action is a must!

This course is for you if:

  • you want to dive deep into a particular climate solution related to your expertise
  • or you want to communicate about a solution you’re already working on to a much larger audience

Our team excels at helping you find topics that fit your niche interests but also content the public is eager for.

What will you achieve?

  • An audience of millions. Few other actions you take for the climate can have an effect like a Wikipedia page can. Even adding one sentence about climate solutions to an existing page with a lot of traffic can reach millions. Imagine the possibilities!
  • Membership in an enriching, hopeful community of practice. Develop professional connections across fields while incorporating climate action into your life in a tangible way. Wikipedia editors and a close-knit group of 10-20 peers will commune with you each week to share expertise, stay accountable to our goals, and inspire hope in each other.
  • Wikipedia expertise. Create your first Wikipedia article or brush up on your existing Wikipedia-editing skills. You’ll complete the course able to continue this important work both through your own editing and through organizing local projects, embedding Wikipedia know-how within your institution or job.
  • And more!

Email partner@wikiedu.org with questions.

Cost
$ 1000
$100 off for both you and a friend if you enroll together
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Course Dates

March 9–April 27, 2023

Class Meeting Time

Thursdays, 12pm - 1pm Pacific (3pm - 4pm Eastern)

Application Deadline

March 3, 2023