During my online studies at Coursera I learned about “Our Changing World” which is a lecture series about society issues and challenges of the global environment. The initiator of this event is the University of Edinburgh. The goal is not only to sensitize participants for various challenges but also to highlight the possibilities of academic education to counter those challenges.
If you are an undergraduate student at the University of Edinburgh you have the chance to take the course series. Furthermore previous lectures are open to the public at the universities website. The series started three years ago and you can watch a video which summarizes the most important points of the lectures for each year.
If you are interested in the full lectures you can find them at the YouTube channel of the University of Edinburgh. One additional interesting point is that you can suggest speakers for the next series at the website from now on. So if you know someone who can contribute something special to our global challenges and provide some solutions contact the university via the web formula. To gain insights of statistics of our changing world have a look on my post about worldometer.