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...


Top 5 TED Talks about Climate Change

We are excited about this Top 5! These TED Talks give some brilliant insight to the different issues surrounding climate Read more

Act Now or ‘Mop Up’ Forever

This is our latest column in the Manchester Evening News… About 10 days ago, I was shocked  when my mate Read more

Our Paris Reports

We were lucky enough to be offered four columns in the Manchester Weekly News (circulation 265,000) – on the subject Read more

De Toqueville, COP21 and us

From the City Talk blog – author Michael Woodbridge from ICLEI  

CLP Chosen to go to COP21!

PRESS RELEASE – Summary: Manchester-based charity The Carbon Literacy Project has just been selected from a global field as one Read more

Twitter Digest – September

As the nights are beginning to draw in, its time to look back over the last months stimulating tweets and Read more

Twitter Digest – August

Every so often we’re going to issue a Twitter Digest: a collection of the most thought-provoking tweets and re-tweets from Read more

Carbon Active 2015

For the third consecutive year, Carbon Active, our festival promoting Carbon Literacy and The Carbon Literacy Project, took over Halle Square Read more

Bring on the Dancing Bear

Carbon Literacy is about the value of positive mass action on climate change – and so many people are enjoying Read more

Children Are The Teachers In The Carbon Classroom

Manchester children turn the tables and become the teachers in a three-day Carbon Active event at Manchester Arndale on 17-19 Read more

A Noteworthy Week

We had quite an inspirational week in recently. We often have inspirational weeks, but this week involved a host of Read more


TreeStation: “Make Wood Work!” We often get the urge to shout out about something that we find quite inspirational. People Read more

Top 5 e-Newsletters

There is a wealth of knowledge out there to keep you up to date with all that’s currently going on Read more

More Manchester City Councillors become Carbon Literate.

Last week we were privileged to attend the graduation of a group of 20 Manchester City Councillors, in Manchester Town Read more

Great CL Resources at TED Ed

You’re probably aware of the great font of inspiring educational talks from TED.  Well they have an education off-shoot that Read more

CL4RPs Train the Trainer rolls out…

I’m just back from spending two days observing and truly participating in the CL4RPs Train the Trainer course, led by Read more

CL Museum Guy Saves £10k in 6 Months

Carbon Literacy is certainly not all about the money but hearing stories like this really help make the case. Mark Read more

CL Partner Scoops Global Award

Our partners from Met Munch at Manchester Metropolitan University recently won the highly prestigious International Green Gown Award for Student Read more

Trainer Spotlight: Great Places

How can a cuddly toy dog and a can of bitter help people understand more about climate change? We spoke Read more

Carbon Literacy for… “how many Million??”

On the 7th July, The Carbon Literacy Project was the subject of a presentation to delegates from the Chinese cities Read more


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


Published Academic Research
into Carbon Literacy



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