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...


Salford: The World’s First Carbon Literate City?

On Friday 16th June, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett convened the second Salford Carbon Literacy Consortium meeting, at The Landing, MediaCityUK. 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 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, 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

Carbon Literacy in Scotland

It’s with great pride that we can say that the first Carbon Literacy training has been completed in Scotland.  Delivered Read more

Hints and Tips for Rolling Out CL Using E-learning

One of the requirements of the Carbon Literacy Standard is an understanding of some of the science behind climate change. Read more

Stronger IN

The environmental case is overwhelming. We are Better Together and Stronger IN – In the EU Referendum, we will see Read more

10 Things You Can Do Without Leaving Your Seat

Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, people have been using Earth’s natural resources irresponsibly, and have been generating greenhouse Read more

Top 5 Reasons People Fail to Become Carbon Literate

The goal of The Carbon Literacy Project is to offer every individual who works, lives and/or studies in Greater Manchester Read more

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


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


Published Academic Research
into Carbon Literacy



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