Carbon Literacy: “An awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.” (CLP, Manchester)
Declarations of Climate Emergency need be followed up with real change. For this to happen, individuals and organisations must be informed and motivated; people need to be ‘Carbon Literate’.
- Some of the science behind the slogans (what IS a greenhouse gas, and how many are there???)
- Understanding jargon, metrics & targets (when is it tonnes, or temperature?)
- Frameworks for prioritising, assessing, and communicating action to minimise global heating
Training takes the equivalent of a full day, divided into 4 parts.
Course dates specify ‘synch’ sessions, when learners & trainer meet online.
Learners take Part 1 at their own speed (90min.), before Part 2 brings the cohort together for group activities (3 hours, including two breaks).
Pt.3 is further independent work, preparing for Pt.4, a second group session, and certification. Follow-up materials giving more context, data sources, videos and links remain available to all learners in a stand-alone resource.
“…mix of quiet reading and digesting independently and group activities and discussion…”
“Enjoyed the strong sense of community and interacting with colleagues in the breakout rooms”
“Carbon Literacy Training has had such a positive impact on conversations I’m having with everyone”
“I really enjoyed the action planning!” “Useful and friendly”
“Hopeful and practical – which is what we need to be.”
Courses are accredited by CLP in Manchester; home to the industrial revolution, and now to Carbon Literacy itself.
Successful learners are certified ‘Carbon Literate’ (an internationally valid qualification, recognised at COP21 in Paris).
To arrange in-house trainings for your organisation, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Susi Arnott is a certified Carbon Literacy Trainer,
with a background in research biology, educational television and overseas consultancy/training.
Carbon Literacy work began face-to-face, for BAFTA’s ‘albert’ initiative. The pandemic triggered this independent course development – 185 online learners so far, with 177 certified as ‘Carbon Literate’ via Walking Pictures Ltd.