Appropriately for the world's first industrial city, Manchester is the first city to undertake to empower all its citizens with carbon literacy. This is a unique project driven by the fact that it is imperative that we all change the aspects of what we do that result in the generation of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases. If we don't, then the scale of change demanded of us by nature in order to maintain a safe and healthy place to live, will simply not be achieved.
Carbon literacy is the underpinning knowledge required to create this vital shift in how we live, work and study. The project is built on the principle that when we are carbon literate will have an instinctive understanding of the carbon impacts of our activities, and be able to make informed choices about the most energy and resource efficient and lowest carbon options available to us.
The Carbon Literacy Project is the direct result of Manchester's climate change action plan Manchester: A Certain Future (MACF) which pledges the city to a 41% cut in Carbon Dioxide emissions by 2020 and the creation of a 'low carbon culture'. The project started life as the direct delivery of this latter aim.
Navigate this site to find out more about the project and why and how you can get involved. Go to the Information page to locate the best Carbon Literacy routes for you; do you Work? Live? Study? Download information and resources via Quick Links or from the Resources page. Contact us and register your organisation if you want to join in, and start delivering Carbon Literacy. "If not us, then who, if not now then when?"


Carbon Literacy for all of us who live here, for the streets and developments in which we live, for the groups we belong to, and those who support us...


Carbon Literacy for all of us who work here, for businesses and organisations that employ, for those who manage and own organisations, and for those who support us...


Carbon Literacy for all of us who study and learn in the city, for the schools and colleges in which we study, for the universities, and for those who teach and those who support us...


CL reviews the Ladybird Book on Climate Change

As we at the Carbon Literacy Project recognised years earlier, the Prince of Wales saw that many people don’t understand Read more

Talking With the Mayor about the Climate – Third Salford Carbon Literacy Consortium Meeting

Wednesday 4th October saw the third meeting of the Salford Carbon Literacy Consortium convened by City Mayor, Paul Dennett at Read more

Carbon Literacy Update – September 2017

Read the full September Newsletter to find out whats been happening in the world of Carbon Literacy. You can also view past newsletters, Read more

Spotlight On – Keep Scotland Beautiful

We are delighted to announce that Keep Scotland Beautiful, the Stirling-based organisation that oversees the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund Read more

Climate Visuals – A Great Carbon Literacy Resource

By Joe Dodd Climate Change suffers from an image problem. The iconic image of a polar bear floating on a Read more

Release of the Carbon Literacy: Knowledge (CLK) E-Learning Effectiveness Report

By Emma Charlotte Richards To become certified as Carbon Literate, individuals must complete a day’s worth of learning, incorporating knowledge, values Read more

A New Partnership for the Carbon Literacy Project – 1% for the Planet

By Rachel Harding We are pleased to announce that the Carbon Literacy Project is now a nonprofit partner of 1% Read more

CLO Accreditation – Deadline, and Beat the Price Change!

We are accepting applications for our CLO accreditation until 5pm on Friday 8th September. After this date, our prices will Read more

Salford: The World’s First Carbon Literate City?

By Rachel Harding On Friday 16th June, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett convened the second Salford Carbon Literacy Consortium meeting, at The Read more

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Climate Change

  1. It’s happening now. Climate change is already affecting our planet. Ice is melting. Sea level is rising. People are migrating. Fresh water is Read more

Call For Applications: CLO Awards 2017

Key Information The Next CLO Award Ceremony: October 2017 (Details TBC) Deadline for CLO Applications: 5pm on Friday 8th September 2017 Read more

Carbon Literacy In the Area (of Salford)

Today, the Carbon Literacy Project launched our first area based consortium in Salford at the BBC, MediaCityUK.  We have previously Read more

Carbon Literacy – A TV Director Speaks

Steve Smith is well established TV director.  He’s also an ambassador for the amazing media production carbon  footprint tool Albert. Read more

Carbon Literacy in the EU

  By Emma Charlotte Richards   For some time, we’ve wanted to expand the Carbon Literacy Project beyond the confines Read more

Carbon Literacy on the Rise: 2016 in Review

  By Emma Charlotte Richards   Carbon Literate Citizens = 4,631 As we approach the end of the year, and Read more

Carbon Literate Organisation Awards

Coronation Street Hosts First Carbon Literate Organisation Awards As 2016 comes to a close, we wanted to share some of Read more

The First Carbon Literate University & Museum

The gap between blogs actually reflects a period of manic activity here – and employers briefing staged at the BBC, Read more

Before The Flood – the Best Climate Film Yet?

Here at the Carbon Literacy Project we’re constantly looking for educational resources to include in the many iterations of the Read more

Carbon Literacy ‘Rallying Call’ to Academics

The Carbon Literacy Project, in the shape of its co-Director Phi Korbel, was privileged to be invited to address a Read more

Northwards Housing: 0-100% CL in 3 Months

In just 3 months, Northwards have gone from a 0% Carbon Literate Workforce to a 100% Carbon Literate Workforce. This Read more


Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State
for Energy and Climate Change


Published Academic Research
into Carbon Literacy



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CL4RPs 'Meet The Low Carbon Leader'

Carbon Literacy Course for Interested Organisations- November 1st 2017 **SOLD OUT**

"Drop-in" Criteria Checking Workshop Thursday 2nd November

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