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70,000 Carbon Literate Citizens

August 2023 by Sara Noor

We are delighted to announce that, as of 31st August 2023, we have hit a mindboggling milestone of 70,000 learners certified as Carbon Literate.

This achievement signifies that more than 140,000 commitments have been pledged – spanning across communities, businesses, local authorities, schools, and universities worldwide – to reduce carbon emissions in all sectors of society.

These 140,000 actions have saved an estimated 252,000 tonnes of CO2e*. But this figure represents more than just an abstract stat. Behind it stands 70,000 Carbon Literate citizens, spread across the globe, all – doing things differently, affecting their organisations and their communities, creating the market for low-carbon goods and services, and changing society with increasing rapidity. It represents a cultural shift that is not only anticipated but already occurring.

This milestone comes after reaching 60,000 certified learners in May 2023, meaning that we certified 10,000 learners in a record-breaking time of just three months! Furthermore, within a little over a year, we have doubled the count of Carbon Literate individuals, underscoring the rapid expansion and advancement of Carbon Literacy.

Since reaching our last learner milestone, we have welcomed 13 new Carbon Literate Organisations and 43 certified training professionals, accredited 47 new Carbon Literacy courses, and have seen two new nations officially delivering Carbon Literacy – all of which are sure to contribute to the increasing speed at which we are disseminating Carbon Literacy across the globe, to pave the way for a low-carbon future for all.

We could not have achieved this incredible milestone or the scale of growth we’re experiencing without all of the hard work of the Carbon Literacy community – our valued team of volunteers and staff, our recognised Partners, the hundreds of trainers, and the thousands of organisations and learners who have undertaken and achieved Carbon Literacy. Thanks to all of you, concrete action against climate change is being taken and delivered worldwide.

We are incredibly excited to see what the rest of 2023 has in store and what else we can achieve together this year, to progress Carbon Literacy and solidify a low-carbon culture among the places we live, work, and study.

To coincide with the UN COP28 climate negotiations this December, we are staging the third annual Carbon Literacy Action Day, and you can be a part of it!

If you want to find out how Carbon Literacy would work for your community, group, or organisation, please get in touch.

If you’d like to support the continued growth and expansion of Carbon Literacy, you can become a Partner of The Carbon Literacy Project via our Partner Scheme. As a small charity operating on a global scale with no government funding, we rely on the support of our generous Partners to help us continue this unprecedented yet necessary growth in demand for Carbon Literacy.

*Our most up-to-date monthly infographic can always be found on our About Us page, alongside information on each metric and descriptions of how we calculate these.

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