The Carbon Literacy Project (CLP), originating in Manchester, offers everyone who works, lives or studies in the city and wider area, a day’s worth of Carbon Literacy learning: climate change, carbon footprints, how you can do your bit, and why it’s relevant to you and your audience. More than just small, personal changes, Carbon Literacy highlights the need for substantial change and supports you, as an individual, to have a cascade effect on a much wider audience – whether it’s in your workplace, community, school, University, place of worship, or other setting. The Carbon Literacy Project is unique. There is nothing else quite like it anywhere else.
Carbon Literacy (CL) is aimed at three distinct audiences within Greater Manchester: Those that work; Those that live; Those that study. This allows us to capture all audiences in our aim to offer every citizen CL training.
To locate the best Carbon Literacy route for you, click the category below that you best fall into below and read more.
Do you want to volunteer to support the Project? Click the appropriate links, to find out how you can get involved.
I WANT TO WORK ON THE PROJECT:
“I became Carbon Literate as part of my induction, along with First Aid and Health & Safety. I like that it’s a way to work with colleagues on coming up with new ideas to cut down on waste, and the company gives us prizes for the best ideas. If I do well on this module it’ll give me a leg up next time I go for a pay-rise.”
Carbon Literacy is a desirable asset for any employer, and it shows initiative if a potential employee demonstrates passion for what he/she believes in. As a Carbon Literate citizen, you will show your future employer that you care about the environment, your health and the health of those around you. We often get told that Carbon Literacy has been the most interesting piece of training undertaken in a work place. It is most certainly the most important. Tell your employer about Carbon Literacy and ask them to implement it in your workplace.
“These days we won’t get a look in on new work if we’re wasting energy or raw materials – the people we supply won’t touch us unless we’re well ahead on that. Having Carbon Literate staff – not just a few but the lot of them – means our company will start saving energy and money. Plus, I won’t be running around after everyone turning things off. My staff also like the idea that if we save more energy than that lot downstairs then we get off an hour early on a Friday.”
Almost half the workforce in the UK (42%) now want to work for an organisation that has a positive impact on the world. Ignoring the mood of the next generation therefore means closing yourself off to two thirds of the young talent pool. Carbon Literate staff will enable creation of a healthy working environment, protect your supply chain, lower your variable costs, reduce your energy consumption, reduce your commercial risk, and do wonders for your corporate social responsibility. Not to mention the feel-good factor of playing your part for the environment.
“My organisation doesn’t exist in a bubble – what we do impacts on the world around us. I see my job as making sure that we step up to that responsibility and stay ahead of the game at the same time. Something like Carbon Literacy shows me how I can do that – and hold my head up when I think about the world my kids are growing up in.”
As a leader, you are responsible for many people. You are in an ideal position to implement Carbon Literacy training (and become Carbon Literate yourself) which will cascade throughout your environment, your people, and beyond. You can do a lot of good in the position you are in.
“In offering services and advice to clients, my organisation has the highest standards for professional practice – it’s what we do and what our clients demand it of us. We see Carbon Literacy as part and parcel of our services, not just as something that we advise and encourage clients to engage in but something that we do so we can be seen as walking the talk when we advise or when we bid. Increasingly it’s not just that clients what they want to see us doing it – they’ll go elsewhere if we don’t. It’s just good business.”
If you think that you and your team, organisation, clients or stakeholders would benefit from saving energy and resources, wasting less, demonstrating action on sustainability and making a difference, read the information in our Quick Links (green box above) to get started.
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“I found the Carbon Literacy training really interesting and thought provoking as it was not only relevant to a community food project I’m involved in setting up, but more so the basic everyday aspects of life and our personal impact on climate change. On reflection it didn’t seem so much like ‘training’, but a relaxed informed discussion with some relevant fun activity. Since the training, in our community project we’ve taken on the challenge to create some specific carbon sinks with a series of tree planting schemes with the residents, local schools and other groups in the area.”
~ Clive Hamilton – Carbon Literate citizen
Belong to a group
“We’re not a ‘green’ group but we’re still part of our community and we’ve got a carbon footprint like anyone else. So we’ve been doing a bit of Carbon Literacy training. It’s based on our work in the community so that keeps it dead practical and gives us something else to offer to the people we work with. I really liked being able to adapt the course to our needs.”
“Some people come to me a bit at sea with their bills so it’s good to see Carbon Literacy available at the library. It lets our people know that they can do something about their bills and climate change at the same time – and both of those things can leave you feeling powerless if you let them. I also like the idea that the certificate can help you get a job.”
“In our work in the community, we need lots of ways to engage with residents. By offering Carbon Literacy we reach people in need of new skills, in need of ways to get their bills down or simply people that want to do their bit on climate change. We make it locally relevant, fun and empowering and people can come away with a nice looking certificate.
If you would like to explore the idea of taking your street, community or group on a journey towards Carbon Literacy, read the information in our Quick Links (green box above) to get started.
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“I gained my Carbon Literacy certificate while I was in Year 5! The reason we were able to achieve this award was because we answered 3 questions: What is climate change? , What causes climate change? , What can we do to stop climate change? We are really happy that we have possessed this knowledge because then we can pass this knowledge onto our parents and then our family and it would keep being passed down. Therefore we are helping to stop climate change!”
~ Yasin Hamza Ali (Heald Place Primary School, Manchester)
“We are happy because our friends gave parent classes and other children taught the Year 1 class. Furthermore, 12 children went to Manchester Arndale to teach shoppers about climate change. We also learnt a few things there such as: recycling and biodiversity. From doing this Carbon Literacy project we thought it wasn’t enough, so some children were Energy Enforcers, which meant they checked electricity in each class.”
~ Robuil Islam (Heald Place Primary School, Manchester)
Children born in 2013 will come of age in 2030, by which time the effects of climate change [in the form of an increase in droughts, floods and storms] are likely to be more in evidence. Not only this. but this young generation will be at the forefront of the war against climate change, at a time when our older generations have spent their carbon budget. It’s therefore imperative that we support our younger generations with the key skills to implement change. This is the most important piece of learning your school can implement. Tell your colleagues and head teacher about Carbon Literacy and become a Carbon Literate school.
“Apart from my passion for the environment, one of the main reasons I got interested in Carbon Literacy was its connection to a unit on my course. As we introduced ourselves during the workshop, I was surprised to see what variety of courses people were from. This clearly reflected that CL workshop had something to add to our knowledge regardless of what course we individually studied. Attending the interactive workshop not only made me aware of the impacts of my daily actions on the environment but helped me gain insight on how to evaluate the impacts businesses make on the climate. It also distinguishes me from other students when I apply for jobs.”
~ Ayma Kazmi (Manchester Metropolitan University)
As a student, you will soon be entering the world of employment, and you’ll be looking for ways to be ‘a head above the rest’. Carbon Literacy has been proven to be a desirable asset for employers. As a Carbon Literate citizen, you will show your future employer that you care about the environment, your health and the health of those around you. Tell your school or university about Carbon Literacy and ask them to implement it in your setting.
“By teaching about Climate Change in lessons I feel like we are helping to save the world in a small way. I am very proud that a lot of pupils gained the Carbon Literacy award last year. I know that there are many, many more of our pupils who are capable of this now. They are confident enough to talk about the science of Climate Change and how to stop it increasing. These pupils now have confidence to teach others about Global Warming and Climate Change. They have taught parents, pupils, outside agency and schools in other countries.”
~ Margaret Lynch- Deakin (teacher at Heald Place Primary School)
“I’ve seen Carbon Literacy have a big effect on my setting. The budget’s looking better as the bills come down but there’s a real sense of the whole community – learners and staff alike – pulling together on this subject. I’m sure that it also has a good effect on enrolment as employers are seen to take it more seriously.”
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“I’m always looking for new ways to engage learners and staff alike – and Carbon Literacy is one of those tools that can bring a raft of learning outcomes in its wake. Don’t for a moment think that it’s just about carbon footprints – communication skills, numeracy, team working and positivity feature very prominently here.”
If you want to know more about applying Carbon Literacy to your setting, read the information in our Quick Links (green box above) to get started.
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I Want to Work on the Project
“I think the most positive aspect of helping to deliver the training was in sharing views and perspectives with the other trainers and the people participating on the course. With such a diverse range of participants from across the organisation it makes you more aware of the impact and successes of the Council as a whole and of where you can play a part in this.”
~ Andrew Chase, Policy Officer Directorate for Families, Health and Wellbeing (Manchester City Council)
The Carbon Literacy Project needs a good supply of trainers to fulfil its objective of offering access to training to everyone in Greater Manchester, and the wider area. We’re therefore very keen to hear from you if you believe that you can deliver Carbon Literacy training. To be a CL Trainer, you do not need to be an expert in sustainability. Nor do you need to be an experienced trainer. But you do need to be an ‘enthusiast’, and you need to be passionate about wanting to make a difference. Read more here.
Cooler Projects cannot deliver Carbon Literacy by itself. It needs a wide range of training partners to work together, not just to deliver the training but to engage would-be Carbon Literacy learners and thus develop the market for Carbon Literacy. Carbon Literacy Training Organisations, once certified, will also be able to use their own quality assurance systems for Carbon Literacy accreditation. Training organisations can be educational establishments, in house training departments or training services companies.
We recommend that you read the information in our Quick Links (green box above) to get started.
Volunteers and Interns
“During my time volunteering for Cooler Projects CIC, I worked on The Carbon Literacy Project website, advised on social media technology and events, and designed the e-newsletter and the back-office systems which run it. I left to work full-time as a copywriter with Media City based communications agency Media Agency Group, and used much of my experience from working with the project. Cooler has a well developed volunteer support structure and the roles offered substantial experience for my CV as well as being tailored to my personal goals.”
~ Micaela Rossi, former volunteer
Carbon Literacy is proving so popular that there is always plenty to do at the offices of its co-ordinating body – Cooler Projects CIC. If you have time to spare and would like to play a role in this unique and rewarding project please drop us a line. Cooler has a well developed volunteer support structure and the roles offered represent substantial experience for your CV. Click here to see what our past and present volunteers have achieved.
We choose to advertise positions that are available in our wider circle of business and organisational contacts. Opportunities are listed on the Cooler website as they become available.
If your organisation is currently recruiting and you would like us to advertise your available roles, fill in this form and email it to info [at] carbonliteracy.com. We’ll ensure it reaches our audiences.
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