The Welsh Government and a number of unitary authorities and community & town councils have declared a “climate emergency”. The current Labour government has set a target of 80% reduction of carbon emissions against a 1990 baseline by 2050. It has published “Prosperity for All: A Low Carbon Wales” which sets out how it hopes to achieve this. They have also published Prosperity for All: A Climate Conscious Wales which is their adaptation plan.
Whatever party forms the government of Wales, they have a statutory duty to adhere to sustainable development principles and pursue a set of well-being goals. This is mandated by the Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015). A low carbon future and an immediate response to climate change is part of this duty. So the acceptance of the reality of climate change, and a commitment to reduce emissions and adapt to change is a fundamental part of Welsh public policy for the foreseeable future.
The Future Generations Commissioner recognises that Carbon Literacy has an important role to play in achieving the goals and targets that the current government has published as well as the broader aims of the Well-being of Future Generations Act. In the Commissioner’s ten-point plan for decarbonisation, Carbon Literacy for the public sector is called for.
Cynnal Cymru goes further than this; we think that Carbon Literacy should be a defining feature of all education in Wales and part of life-long learning. It is coherent with the Well-being of Future Generations Act and the vision of Wales enshrined in this foundational legislation. We cannot hope to achieve the vision without a Carbon Literate society.
Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales, The Carbon Literacy Project’s official partner in Wales, has been delivering certified Carbon Literacy training since 2017. The National Museum of Wales, Community Housing Cymru and Public Health Wales are just some of the organisations that have benefited from their training. It is now your chance to join a growing movement.
Cynnal Cymru is the leading organisation for Sustainable Development in Wales. Their mission is to make Wales a low carbon, resource-efficient, healthy, just and prosperous society, thriving in balance with the natural ecosystems that support it. They facilitate the talent, skills and innovation of people through their consultancy services, events and training. They enable individuals, organisations and businesses in Wales to deliver measurable change and become leaders and pioneers for a better world.
For further information or to enquire about Carbon Literacy training through Cynnal Cymru, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Future Generations of Wales Office has produced a ‘10 Point Plan to Fund Wales’ Climate Emergency‘ focusing on funding and how Wales plans to tackle the climate crisis.
In understanding the breakdown of our climate, the greatest threat to our generation, they have budgeted a whopping £991 million to invest in the action needed to reach zero carbon by 2050. This sounds like a lot of money… which against many measures, it is. However, it is broadly representative of the UK Committee on Climate Change’s estimate of £30 billion between now and 2050.
Investment is planned in five key areas:
The other levers listed in the plan include a focus on decarbonisation as a key principle and driver for all decision-making within planning, public sector procurement and pension fund investments. We were delighted to see that this is to be supported by a programme of Carbon Literacy training throughout the public sector.
Engagement with Carbon Literacy will accelerate the delivery of this plan making the urgency more comprehensible, the actions more obvious, and, crucially, the benefits of a zero-carbon Wales more real.
You can read our blog on this here
In 2019 housing associations from across Wales came together to launch a consortium to produce and share Carbon Literacy materials for the social housing sector. Following in the footsteps of the Carbon Literacy for Registered Providers (CL4RPs) consortium in Greater Manchester, Carbon Literacy Cartrefi Cymru is looking to educate and decarbonise the actions of their staff, contractors, suppliers and tenants. The housing associations which have signed-up to Carbon Literacy Cartrefi Cymru so far, are:
Find out more about the consortium and, if you’re part of a housing association, how to get involved, here.
The Welsh Government has recently funded a Carbon Literacy training programme for organisations in receipt of the Volunteering Wales grant. The programme was overseen by WCVA and delivered by Cynnal Cymru.
In the Volunteering Wales programme, thirty-four individuals from twenty-four organisations experienced the training and achieved their Carbon Literacy certificate. In response to the training, they had to identify actions that they will take as individuals, households and with their colleagues to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses. Participants were led through a training session devised by Cynnal Cymru but which adheres to the learning principles and values of the Carbon Literacy Standard. They, therefore, learnt about the science of climate change, the likely consequences both locally and globally, and the range of responses available to individuals and organisations. Working together as a group they assessed data, undertook risk evaluations and considered practical responses to both the need to reduce emissions and prepare for the consequences of climate changes which are already locked into the global system.
Over 90% of the participants would recommend the current course to others while a few individuals felt, correctly, that it would need to be modified before being delivered to service users and volunteers. The course was designed for employed officers and lead volunteers in organisations, but one of the core values of Carbon Literacy is that climate change should be explained in a way that is relevant to the audience in terms of their direct experience and local environment, so each Carbon Literacy course is different according to need, although the underlying principles and values remain consistent.
Over 90% of the participants were strongly or highly motivated to take action on climate change as a result of undertaking the training. The challenge of climate change is enormous but one of the principles of Carbon Literacy is that it should inspire and give permission for ordinary citizens to take action and not wait for others to do things for them.