Who is this for?

This workshop is for Parish or Town Councillors and Clerks who want a practical understanding of what they need to do to tackle the Climate Emergency within their community. We believe that Parish and Town Councils are the vital focus point across Shropshire, which can engage householders in making a difference in the way we can all live well for the planet. This workshop has been developed based on a toolkit from the Carbon Literacy Project. You will get a certificate that you are “Carbon Literate” if you successfully complete their assessment. This will demonstrate you have the knowledge to organise the response to the Climate Emergency in your parish or town council.


What is your council’s footprint?

Your carbon footprint is a calculation of how much in the way of harmful gases your council emits into the atmosphere. There is an online software tool which allows you to see how much that it is. It has been prepared by Exeter University and is simple to use. Click on the following button, select “Civil Parish” and then enter the name of your council. You will then see a graphical report, analysing your consumption or geographical emission by the categories of Food, Travel, Energy etc. You will find out what to do about all of this at the workshop!

What is the agenda?

This workshop is divided into three sections:

  1. A description of why the Climate emergency is a disaster facing us all and gives you enough of the basic science to understand why it is happening, and the impacts on our lives. It also shows how we will increasingly face more floods (remember Ironbridge floods?), and see famine across Africa and fires in places like Greece and California. If you are unsure, we will explain the facts – the science. It will explain how, why and where Parish and Town Councils can make a difference by engaging with people and assisting them in changing their behaviour. 

  2. We will show how you can calculate your footprint using standard tools (which you will do as homework!). We will also show you how to find out the consumption and emission of carbon in your Parish. This will show you where the problems lie – in either transport, energy, food, waste or what we buy. It will allow you to judge how much people need to change diet, travel, energy consumption, and the purchase of “stuff”. We will show you the best practices from other Parish Councils, who have already done a lot of work in addressing these issues, and we will help you avoid re-inventing the wheel. We will then share ideas with you on actions you can take locally – from setting up repair cafes to getting electrical vehicle charging points in place – to make a difference. We will describe the benefits of activities and co-benefits. Thus a cleaner atmosphere will reduce the number of asthma sufferers in hospitals. Better insulation will address fuel poverty in the community.

  3. We will then describe what action the world, UK and local areas are taking to tackle the threat of the climate emergency. This will show how you can play a part in fighting the emergency now. So as part of the workshop, you will discuss with your workshop colleagues what actions you can take individually and collectively across parish and town council boundaries. You will then pledge your actions. Successful trainees will be certified as “Carbon Literate” by the Carbon Literacy Trust. We will demonstrate how to understand the different types of reactions you will encounter from people, and then feel confident in persuading family, friends and work colleagues to engage with your challenges in getting changes to happen

We will also then follow up with councils to help them lay out a plan

Sneak Preview

We presented at COP26 in November a “sneak preview” of the workshop to around 40 delegates across the United Kingdom, alongside other pioneers. You can see a recording of the presentation here, the introduction to a breakout, along with a brief summary by our chair Allan Wilson of the conclusions of one of the workgroups. Click on the button COP26, and you will start with the presentation by Allan Wilson Go then to around 36 minutes, and you will get a flavour of what we are about and a preview of the workshop.

How much does it cost?

The standard cost for each learner for the July course is £ 90.00 plus a standard fee of £ 10.00 payable to the Carbon Literacy Project to assess your knowledge, and individual and group pledges to take action. If successful you get a certificate for being Carbon Literate.

Our current price for courses delivered after 1st September 2022 will be £ 110 plus £ 10 payable to the Carbon Literacy Project.

This cost includes the materials, handouts and teaching and facilitation. The value lies in accelerating your community’s response to climate emergencies.

Take a look at the recent BBC TV programme “Shop Well for the Planet”. It was filmed in Shrewsbury, and showed how simple action now could save a family £ 1,000 per year and reduce their carbon footprint by 2 tonnes per year! Click on the button below. You will need an iPlayer account (which you can sign up for) to watch it. It’s great.

Where is it ?

We will deliver the course over the internet using Zoom. We will send you the link shortly before the course to enable you to join for the three days.

When is it?

We have arranged for the workshops to be run either in the evening or in the daytime, to suit your availability. Hence if you are a Parish clerk and want to attend during the day, then you can select the daytime course. If you are busy during the day, then you can attend an evening course.

The choice of dates is shown in the Dropdown box, when you make the booking.

The Evening Courses will take place from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm on :

September 7th,14th and 21st

November 9th,16th and 23rd

Click on the following link to get to the Evening booking form:

The Daytime Courses will take place from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm on :

July 19th and 26th

September 13th and 20th

November 8th and 15th

Click on the following to get to the Daytime booking form:

Terms and Conditions

The booking is subject to our standard Terms and Conditions with respect to payment of a deposit, payment in full and cancellation within a period 30 days before the course date. Please review these terms and conditions by clicking on the following button:

Book a Workshop

Evening Workshop

Please fill in the following form to confirm your attendance. Fill in your personal details, go to the Course field, and select Parish/Town Council course from the dropdown choices. Then go to the date field and select the dates that you want from the dropdown choices.

Daytime Workshop