You must attend one of each of the two Workshops, Workshop 1 and Workshop 2 (in numerical order) to complete the course. We are able to offer a few choices for both parts of the course, so you can book dates and times to suit you.
Workshop 1 – Modules 1, 2 and 3
1.1. Workshop 1 Wednesday 17 January 9am to 1pm
1.2. Workshop 1 Tuesday 23 January 9am to 1pm
1.3. Workshop 1 Tuesday 30 January 1pm to 5pm
1.4. Workshop 1 Tuesday 13 February 9am to 1pm
Workshop 2 - Modules 4, 5 and 6
2.1. Workshop 2 Tuesday 6 February 1pm to 5pm
2.2. Workshop 2 Wednesday 7 February 9am to 1pm
2.3. Workshop 2 Wednesday 14 February 9am to 1pm
What is Carbon Literacy?
“An awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.”
The Carbon Literacy Project offers everyone a day’s worth of Carbon Literacy® learning, covering climate change, carbon footprints, how you can do your bit and why it’s relevant to you and your constituents.
The Carbon Literacy Project is globally unique – there is nothing else quite like it anywhere. It was recognised as such by the UN at COP21, in Paris, where it was awarded as a TAP100, one of 100 worldwide Transformative Action Programs.
Why Carbon Literacy for Local Authorities?
With a third of the UK’s carbon emissions directly influenced by local authority practice, policy and partnerships, local authorities have a vital role to play in the UK’s decarbonisation. Three-quarters of local authorities have now declared a climate emergency. Such a declaration should place the climate emergency at the centre of a local authority’s agenda and assign responsibility to all employees to tackle climate change, not just those with roles in climate change mitigation.
The Carbon Literacy Project has created the Local Authorities Toolkit; a suite of flexible and adaptable resources to engage and empower your teams on climate change, developing a low carbon culture across your local authority. By sharing and showcasing best practice, knowledge and expertise, elected members, clerks and colleagues can make informed decisions to address the scale and urgency of the climate emergency.
Carbon Literacy empowers everyone working within local authorities, parish and town councils and community groups to recognise opportunities for carbon reduction, create and implement solutions and actively engage with their department’s net zero priorities and ambitions.
Parish, Town and Community Council Toolkit
The course equips councillors, clerks and officers with the information they need to communicate the significance of climate change and achieve the behavioural change necessary in their local area to address the climate emergency.
Carbon Literacy co-facilitators Belinda Bawden and Ben Heath were involved in developing this toolkit by training elected members and officers from parish and town councils and community groups in Dorset in 2021 and 2022.
After a days-worth of training, participants will have:
● Gained an understanding of the basic science of climate change and how climate change will affect us both globally and locally
● Gained an understanding of how climate change will affect your local community.
● Created an action plan to help reduce the carbon footprint of your council and local area
● Gained an understanding of how you can mobilise change.
● Explored strategies for influencing others to take action on climate change.
To achieve accreditation as Carbon Literate, participants will undertake both half day workshops in order and complete their evidence form. They will pledge two new actions, one individual and one group, both ideally relating to their role, demonstrating how their actions will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The pledges submitted on the evidence forms will be assessed by the Carbon Literacy Project after the end of the course for a fee of £10 per workshop, £20 for the course (Eventbrite fees apply). This includes the £10 per head asseessment fee for the Carbon Literacy accredditation. Individually numbered certificates will be awarded to those successfully acheiving the accredditation.
We are able to offer concessionary rates on tickets for anyone on a low income or unemployed, for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org