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The course #EarthOptimism is an online class provided by The Smithsonian Institution through edX. The skill level of the course is Introductory. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

A 5-session workshop focused on identifying conservation success stories and sharing them on Twitter. Join others from around the world who care about changing the conversation around conservation from one of doom and gloom to one of hope and optimism…and who believe that change is positively possible.

Course description

Do you want to help change the conversation around conservation? Are you interested in learning how to use Twitter to read and share conservation success stories? Join us as we identify, share, and promote conservation success stories in this 5-day workshop that helps you engage in #EarthOptimism!One of the main goals of Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Project is to change the conversation about conservation. To do this we start by sharing success stories of today. In 2017, we held the Earth Optimism Summit where people gathered in Washington, D.C. to tell their conservation success stories in person. In 2018, we wanted everyone to participate in sharing and conversing.  That’s why we hosted #EarthOptimism2018 and have continued the workshop after Earth Day 2018 to keep the #EarthOptimism momentum going. We’re using Twitter to share current conservation success projects and stories in the making. Conservationists of all levels will have the opportunity to engage in the discussion. #EarthOptimism is a chance for you to interact with people around the world on social media to identify, share, and support conservation projects and conservation success stories. To learn more, visit the Earth Optimism website at https://earthoptimism.si.edu/.This 5-session workshop will help you participate in #EarthOptimism. During each of the workshop’s 30-minute sessions, you will learn about a range of conservation success stories, find out how to share these stories on social media, and become part of a community of conservation supporters participating in spreading the word about #EarthOptimism.

Prerequisites & Facts


Course Topic

Biology and Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Science

University, College, Institution

The Smithsonian Institution

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Course Language


Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost


To obtain a verified certificate from edX / The Smithsonian Institution you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (25.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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Topic: Biology and Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Science