Free online resources on Sustainable Development

A collection

E-Learning and MOOCs

Video-based courses on different topics

The SDG Academy creates and curates free massive open online courses and educational materials on sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

E-Learning: biodiversity and Sustainable Development

Knowledge-led platform on sustainable land use

Yooweedoo helps change makers create ecologically and socially sustainable projects, organisations and start-ups and offers various online courses.

The online learning arrangements offered on this platform support the quicker uptake of sustainability knowledge and related skills in many parts of the globe.

A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a free online course anyone can access.
MOOC platforms that offer courses on Sustainable Development:

Collection of publications

Basics of Sustainable Development:

Netzwerk n e.V. has compiled important texts and videos about the basics of Sustainable Development in this media library.

Politics and strategies:

Opinions and recommendations of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) as well as studies, reports, speeches, audio material and videos

Current information, reports and action plans of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Public relations materials by the network RENN.nord

Sustainable Development of Higher Education Institutions:

Netzwerk n e.V. has compiled important texts about Sustainable Development in the context of Higher Education Institutions in this media library.

Guides to sustainability reporting, governance, teaching, research, operations and transfer written by Hoch-N.


The IPCC prepares comprehensive Assessment Reports about knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response options.

Texts, reports, brochures and other material by the German Environment Agency.

Publications and reports by Greenpeace

Publications and reports by WWF

Reports, issue briefs, working papers, and technical notes by WRI

Agora Energiewende is an independent think tank and policy laboratory that develops evidence-based and politically viable strategies for ensuring the success of the clean energy transition in Germany, Europe and the rest of the world.


Climate Change:

Carbon Brief has extracted data from around 70 peer-reviewed climate studies to show how global warming is projected to affect the world and its regions.

The Climate Action Tracker is an independent scientific analysis that tracks government climate action and measures it against the globally agreed Paris Agreement aim of "holding warming well below 2°C, and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C."

Basics of Sustainable Development:

Information about sustainability

Sustainable Development Goals, indicators and facts:

  • Information on the Sustainable Development Goals on the website of the United Nations
  • Sustainable Development Goals knowledge platform (United Nations)
  • Website of the United Nations Development Programme

National data on the 232 global indicators of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Politics and strategies:

Information on Germany's National Sustainable Development Strategy

Information about the German Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development and reports

News and information about the project "Research for Sustainable Development" (Forschung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung - FONA) by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung - BMBF)

News and information on the plans for climate protection by the government of Göttingen


klimareporter° is an independent German online magazine on climate change and energy transition with daily reports, analyses, interviews and other contributions to the debate on causes and consequences of the climate crisis.

Carbon Brief is a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy.


Biomimicry – ideas and biological strategies as solutions to current challenges

Daily lessons by TED.Ed


A podcast by the network Hoch-N on the sustainable development of Higher Education Institutions

A reportage by journalist Anja Krieger on plastic pollution

The German Renewable Energy Agency (AEE) offers a podcast about community renewables.

Resources for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

In this information library, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has compiled teaching materials, publications, interviews and news on Education for Sustainable Development.

Hundreds of pedagogical ideas for classroom activities and multimedia resources on how to integrate SDGs into teaching and learning, from early childhood care through secondary education.

Movies, quizzes and further information for children and teenagers