Carbon Literacy Action Day

On the 1st of November, as part of the UN COP26 Climate Negotiations,

we are holding the BIGGEST EVER climate action training event.

And YOU can be a part of it!

What is Carbon Literacy Action Day?

To coincide with Day 1 of the UN COP26 negotiations in Glasgow this November, we are staging the first-ever Carbon Literacy Action Day. The Action Day will catalyse action on climate change through Carbon Literacy training, getting everyone involved in delivering positive action, to address climate change wherever they are.

The Action Day is fully inclusive and open to all, and on November 1st we will witness thousands of people from all walks of life, sectors, genders, ages and nations all around the world, participate and complete their days’ worth of Carbon Literacy training.

We will be making and sharing virtual visits to courses and initiatives throughout the day, but at 17:00 GMT we will commence a virtual tour by Zoom, giving participants and their groups the opportunity to share some of the best actions coming from their learners.  At the same time we will tabulate the total number of learners that have participated in the Action Day, count their actions and estimate the predicted amount of CO2e saved as a consequence.

Why get involved in the Action Day?

  • Be a part of the first-ever Carbon Literacy Action Day
  • Participate in the largest ever low-carbon climate education day
  • Develop a greater understanding of climate change and take immediate and effective action to tackle the climate crisis
  • Use the Action Day as a catalyst to generate increased levels of  involvement, activity and Carbon Literacy within your organisation
  • Expand the audience for your Carbon Literacy training
  • and Last but certainly not least, if you aren’t already; become certified as Carbon Literate!

Who can get involved in the Action Day?

Just like Carbon Literacy itself, the Carbon Literacy Action Day is for anyone and everyone – no matter whether you are an individual, represent a community or belong to an organisation.

We already have a huge range of organisations from a breadth of sectors including Universities & Colleges, Local Authorities, Museums and Galleries, Energy Distribution and Automotive and many more, that will be participating in the Action Day.

Carbon Literacy includes you, no matter who you are or what you do.

Why become Carbon Literate?

Carbon Literacy provides the knowledge, skills and motivation required to create a positive shift in how we live, work and act in response to the climate crisis.

So, becoming Carbon Literate means…

  • Developing a greater understanding of the climate crisis and your carbon footprint
  • Understanding the different ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint as an individual, organisation or community
  • Creating a positive change in your life, organisation or community
  • Developing a strong understanding of the impacts of climate change on the wider world and understanding climate injustice
  • Working together to create lasting change and hope for all

How can I take part in the Action Day?

Just like Carbon Literacy itself, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to taking part in the Action Day, so you can get involved in any way that suits you, your organisation or community.

With Carbon Literacy, we recognise that every sector, organisation and individual is different, and therefore, there is lots of flexibility and freedom for you to choose or design a suitable programme of activity. This can then be delivered and completed in whatever fashion you like, provided that your  proposed solution meets all the requirements of the Carbon Literacy Standard. If it does, we can approve your training solution as an accredited Carbon Literacy course, and you’re good to go! You can find out how to get started here.

Alternatively, there may be a suitable course for your sector that you could pick up and deliver for the Action Day. Find out about our Sector Toolkits here.

Carbon Literacy Training is a days’ worth of learning, equating to not less than 7 hours. However, this does not mean training needs to be completed in a single day. In fact, we encourage you to schedule your training into multiple shorter (say 2-3 hour) sessions, to have the biggest impact with and output from your audience. So, we only require your training to be completed by 17:00 on November 1st, meaning your activity could be the final part of multiple sessions, run over previous days or weeks.

Given the historic nature of the UN COP26 Conference, the only thing we ask of participating organisations is to think big!

Interested? If so, register your interest, and tell us a bit about what you are thinking below…

“The training empowered [staff] to engage more readily with our sustainable business model and made a big impact on the team. As a result of the training, this work has in itself become sustainable, with people taking ownership of their own responsibilities towards climate change, both in and out of work.”

ITV Studios – 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

The Carbon Literacy course has stirred passion within me and has added purpose to how I live. I believe if more people were educated on this subject, the more positive changes and community support we will see

Nikita Star, Student at Manchester Met University

“We were looking for a training course that would ensure all staff received the same level of environmental understanding, for a reasonable cost. Carbon Literacy fit these criteria perfectly”.

Great Places Housing – Gold CLO

“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

Organisations Already Taking Part

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Contact Us

For all enquiries about the Carbon Literacy Action Day, please contact

Meet our Action Day Coordinator

Our Action Day Coordinator, Catherine McGinn, oversees the running of the Carbon Literacy Action Day and programme of activities for COP26.

If you have any enquiries or would like to get in touch about the Action Day, then please contact Catherine directly at or email

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