Carbon Literacy training

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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’.
Training includes

  • 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, planning 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 (‘non-synch’, for 90min.), before Part 2 brings the cohort together for group activities (3 hours, including two breaks away from the screen).
Pt.3 is further independent work, preparing for Pt.4: a second group session, finishing with a certification questionnaire.

“…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”
“… an excellent introduction – all journalists need to become climate journalists and this makes the subject far less intimidating.”
“I really enjoyed the action planning!”   
“Hopeful and practical – which is what we need to be.”

Successful learners are certified ‘Carbon Literate’ (an internationally valid qualification, recognised at COP21 in Paris) by CLP in Manchester – home to the industrial revolution, and now to Carbon Literacy itself.

Susi Arnott is a certified Carbon Literacy Trainer, with a background in research biology, educational television and overseas consultancy/training.
Her Carbon Literacy work began with BAFTA’s ‘albert’ initiative.
COVID-19 prompted her to develop interactive, engaging and flexible materials for online delivery.

To date Susi has delivered training in-house to academics, technical staff and students from University of the Arts London, the staff of World Habitat, members of the Baker Street Quarter Partnership, Greener Cleaner Bromley, NUJ members and Condé Nast’s Global Employee Council – but also to dozens of impromptu groups of interested individuals. Over 200 learners have now certified via Walking Pictures but crucially, training has cascaded out, too: several former learners now run trainings themselves, in education, business and local community settings.

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