The Carbon Literacy Project

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.”

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Our Project initiates and helps deliver Carbon Literacy in a unique and award-winning way:

Through the certification of people and organisations by their participation in a brilliant days-worth of learning about climate change, which the participants themselves help devise.

“Some of the most important training I've ever done... I thought I knew about climate change, carbon reduction, and sustainability, I thought we were doing our bit, and then I went on a Carbon Literacy course. One day out of a busy diary, but boy did it make a massive difference. I was wrong on so many things that I thought I knew about."

Alice Webb, Director of BBC North

“Thinking about running a Carbon Literacy course? Do it! You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain, and these guys run a really excellent course, a really, really great day. It's informative, it’s fun, it’s a little scary at times - I mean this is a big problem we’re facing - but you go away feeling really empowered, ready to do something about it.”

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Celebrity Chef & Environmental Campaigner

"Jacobs is monitoring staff pledges and has noted 'significant behavioural and lifestyle changes.' [Carbon Literacy is] a great opportunity to embed sustainability into work; whether this was through design, procurement or strategic choice.”

Jacobs, Manchester – Silver CLO

"The [Carbon Literacy] event was extremely informative as well as shocking in terms of the potential consequences for our city region and beyond. As a leader, it really made you think about your own role-modelling and energised me to really start to drive the agenda from a strategic perspective within my own organisation."

Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable

"We need to face up to this major challenge, partly because of the health and quality of life of our own residents. We want to clean up the air that they breathe, we want to reduce the use of plastic that's cluttering our rivers and our green spaces. We want to put Greater Manchester in a position of leadership on this crucial issue that will shape the 21st century, but if we are to succeed it does require radical action now."

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

BBC Staff give feedback following their Carbon Literacy training within the BBC (2 minutes)

Organisations we work with

Galliford Try
Great Places Housing Group
HOME
Keep Scotland Beautiful
Cynnal Cymru
MMU
Northwards Housing
Manchester City Council
New Charter Housing
ICLEI
Jacobs UK Manchester
NHS
Peel Group
Siemens
Manchester Museum
Southway Housing Trust
Patagonia
Adactus
BBC Childrens’
University of Manchester
BAFTA
dock10
Manchester Climate Change Agency
Auto Trader
The Broughton Trust
The Union, MMU
Bolton at Home
ITV
Carbon Co-op
GMCA
Creative Carbon Scotland
Cumbria Museum Consortium
Emerge Manchester
First Choice Homes Oldham
Hulme Community Garden Centre
BEIS
Manchester Adult Education Service
Mosscare St Vincents
Six Town Housing
The Royal Exchange Theatre
Transport for Greater Manchester
Trafford Housing Trust
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS)
The Proud Trust
Vickers Energy Group Ltd
Groundwork
Workers’ Education Association (WEA)
BBC
Environment Agency

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April’s Carbon Literacy Newsletter

Read the full April Newsletter to find out what’s been happening in the world of Carbon Literacy. You can also view past newsletters, and subscribe to future newsletters.  

With the increasing awareness of climate change comes increasing demands for effective solutions to limit the impacts of climate change on the planet. Project Drawdown...

Read the full April Newsletter to find out what’s been happening in the world of Carbon Literacy. You can also view past newsletters, and subscribe to future newsletters.  

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