The whole area of climate change is a mystery to many, just like French, German or Spanish. But once we get to understand and speak some or a lot of a foreign language, we feel confident to talk and act in the foreign language. Just like ordering another beer on a Spanish holiday – “Otra cerveza, por favor!”.
Fortunately, there are people dedicated to helping all of us understand the science, and the reason why it’s urgent to take action. Only when we get to our Limbic system in our brain’s cortex do we change our behaviour! We do that through education and training.
CARBON LITERACY PROJECT
The “Carbon Literacy Project” are committed to helping people develop training material and training documentation. They also provide people with a “Carbon Literacy” certificate when they have attended an approved course, based on the pledges they make when they attend a CLP approved course.
Their mission is “Creating 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.”
SOS CIO COURSES
We have developed two courses based on the Carbon Literacy Project approach, and you can become “Carbon Literacy certified” if you attend these, and are successful in your application for Carbon Literacy certification.
We have a course aimed at householders, which focusses on what householders and their members can do towards achieving net zero by 2030. It covers the science, the actions you can take, and then encourages you to make individual and group pledges, which can lead you to being certified as carbon literate by CLP, following their assessment. You can see details and book by clicking on this button:
PARISH/TOWN COUCILS COURSES
Based on the Carbon Literacy Projects toolkit we have developed and are delivering a course aimed to help Town and Parish councils understand why there is an emergency, the financial and non-financial benefits of taking action, and best practises elsewhere, Parish councils can provide the leadership for householders to change. Those who attend can also become “Carbon Literacy certified” if they are successful following an assessment by the Carbon Literacy Project. You can see details and book by clicking on this button:
We work with other partners in helping to develop and deliver transformative education.
Centre for Alternative Technology.
CAT is based in Machynlleth in Mid-Wales. Its welsh name is Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen – another language!
CAT is an educational charity dedicated to researching and communicating positive solutions for environmental change. They speak to government and campaigners about policies that would help create a zero-carbon Britain; they train students in all aspects of sustainability; they help schoolchildren to understand the importance of action on climate change, and they advise householders on what they can do in their own homes. They run a series of courses. click on the following button to find out more:
Speak Carbon is a collective of a number of trainers and developers, which runs online courses for individuals, local authorities, universities and other organisations on the challenges we face through climate change. They are Carbon Literacy Project certified so that they can provide individuals with CLP certificates. Click on the following button to find out more: