The Carbon Literacy Project: Climate Change learning for everyone.

Welcome! The latest news from The Carbon Literacy Project...

 "Climate change does not respect borders; it does not respect who you are - rich and poor, small and big. Therefore, it is what we call 'global challenges,' which require global solidarity."
~ Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

 Carbon Literacy Course for Interested Organisations

Monday 8th January 9.30-5.00 pm – At Great Places Housing HQ, Derwent Street, Manchester M21 7QS

Would you like to know more about Carbon Literacy? Want to see how a top class Carbon Literacy Course is run? Currently writing your own course and want some ideas?

By popular demand, we are putting on a Carbon Literacy course led by Carbon Literacy Consultant, Sarah McClelland at Great Places Housing HQ. This will be your opportunity to become certified as Carbon Literate.

The course will cover - the basics of climate change science, how we know it's happening, how climate change will affect us in the future, what we are doing about it and what we can do about it. Lunch is provided, and it is a great way to meet other organisations engaging with Carbon Literacy.

Tickets can be purchased here on Eventbrite. Prices are £99 Non-profit organisation; £149 for Public Sector and £249 Private Sector. The last course, held on the 1st November, sold out quickly, so sign up now to avoid disappointment!

Please ensure you choose the correct ticket type for your organisation. We are offering the course at a discounted rate for non-profits and public sector. There are limited spaces so the course will be booked on a first-come first-serve basis.
If you have any queries, please contact us on

 A masterclass with with George Marshall

On Wednesday 22nd November, Rachel from the Carbon Literacy Project joined many of our Carbon Literacy trainers in attending George Marshall's Communicating Climate Change in your Community workshop. George, of Climate Outreach, led the masterclass in research-backed ways to communicate climate change. From Primary and Forrest School teachers, fiction writers, sustainability professionals and activists, there was a breadth of backgrounds represented at the workshop.

Click here to find out more.


 Top 10 Eco Gift Ideas

Christmas in many parts of the western world is now synonymous with overconsumption; the traditional concept of being around family lost amongst the desire for presents. This can result in a bit of a conundrum for those who wish to buy a meaningful gift for a sustainably-minded loved one.

That is why we have put together our ‘Top 10’ Eco Gift ideas for this Christmas to provide you with some inspiration for presents that will bring joy and inspiration, whilst minimising carbon footprint and packaging.

Read more here

The Carbon Literacy Course Kit is here!

Are you currently putting a Carbon Literacy course together or are thinking about it?
The Carbon Literacy Project recognises that there is sometimes so much information out there that it can be daunting to put together a days’worth of learning. That’s why we have developed the Carbon Literacy Course Kit.

  • Think of this Course Kit as a ‘skeleton course’ that will help you with the framework for your Carbon Literacy training materials.
  • There are some key ingredients that we have structured to help you. These include some of the aspects of climate change science, what’s happening to our planet, why taking action is important, and how we can motivate others to take action.
  • There are also some key ingredients that you will need to create yourself. This is because your course has to be relevant to your audience.

Click here to download Course Kit V 1.7

 Our CLO's Have Their Say

BBC – Bronze CLO
Find out what Carbon Literate participants at the BBC have to say in this  video…
BBC vox pop HD from Carbon Literacy on Vimeo.

See what other organisation have to say about Carbon Literacy Training here

Please let us know what your organisation has to say about the Carbon Literacy Project by emailing and help us spread the word!

 MMU's Train-the-Trainer Course

Manchester Met’s Carbon Literacy train-the-trainer programme is designed to equip participants with skills and knowledge crucial for delivering Carbon Literacy (CL) training. The programme is aimed at participants with no or very limited experience of delivering training. As part of the course, participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to develop essential trainer skills (communication and session management skills) and knowledge (learning styles and the optimal learning environment).
  • Gain access to tried and tested CL training materials which participants are free to adapt and use for their own CL training.
  • Gain a CL certificate.

The programme consists of a CL e-learning package, three interactive sessions and an optional assessment day.

Day 1: 29th of January 9:30-17:00
Day 2: 5th of February 9:30-17:00
Day 3: 12th of February 9:30-17:00
Day 4: 19th of February 9:00-17:00 (optional assessment day)

3 day course: £750
4 day course: £850
For further details, or if you wish to book a space on the training, please contact Jane Mörk:

 Upcoming changes to The Project

We constantly review the project and the way in which we run things, with the aim of making Carbon Literacy as successful and accessible as possible. With this in mind, you will see a number of changes in the coming months

The CL Standard – Over the course of a year, we have undertaken a full review, and updated our main Carbon Literacy Standard. This includes some minor changes reflecting new knowledge and teaching on Carbon Literacy, and a whole new section covering admin and process. The inclusion of this new section will increase our capabilities by streamlining the evidence we receive to accredit you or your organisation. Watch out for the launch of the new Standard next month.

CLTO Standard - We're just completing the writing of the Carbon Literacy Training Organisation (CLTO) Standard. This new accreditation is aimed at organisations who have proven their ability and commitment to the delivery of CL training outside of their own organisation, whether in a corporate, community or educational setting.

Beat the Price changes - From January 2018 the prices for many of our accreditations will rise. Certification charges are a core source of funding for the charity, but although our prices have not risen for six years many of our costs have. However, you can secure accreditation at current prices by purchasing blocks of certification or licences in advance, for any Carbon Literacy activity that you know you will be undertaking, and save money by making that advance purchase at current prices. More on this next month.

There will be further information about all these announcements and changes via our social media channels as we approach the end of the year.


The Carbon Literacy Project is a unique project, working with everyone who lives, works or studies, in Manchester and beyond, to offer a days-worth of training to the Carbon Literacy Standard. Once Carbon Literate we have an instinctive understanding of the carbon impacts of our activities, are able to make informed choices, and driven by the urgency, act on climate change.

Upcoming Events

CL4RPs Meeting
11/12/2017 10:00 am - 11:30 am KYOCERA Technology Suite, Booth Street

Carbon Literacy Course for Interested Organisations
08/01/2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Great Places Housing HQ, Manchester Lancashire

MMU's Carbon Literacy Train-the-Trainer Program - Day 1
29/01/2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Manchester Metropolitan University

MMU's Carbon Literacy Train-the-Trainer Program - Day 2
05/02/2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Manchester Metropolitan University

MMU's Carbon Literacy Train-the-Trainer Program - Day 3
12/02/2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Manchester Metropolitan University

MMU's Carbon Literacy Train-the-Trainer Program - Day 4 (assessment)
19/02/2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Manchester Metropolitan University
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Our Top 5 Recently Released Environmental Films 

A few years ago we published our top 5 favourite environmental films for adults. Since then our knowledge and understanding of climate change have moved on and new films are always being released, so here’s our updated list of the top 5 recently released environmental films...
In order to support our scale-up, we need volunteer Project Officers who can offer anything from a regular day a week, to a full-time project assignment.

We are specifically looking for talented individuals with digital skills including:
- Social media,
- Photography,
- GIS and mapping.

Should you not posses these skills, but are a talented individual who wishes to work with the project then please still get in touch, we may often have work that we can match to your capabilities.

For more information or to apply, click here

We are a proud nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, a global network of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals working together for the health of our only home.

“1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to address the most pressing issues facing our planet.”

As a 1% for the Planet nonprofit partner, businesses and individuals can now donate to the Carbon Literacy Trust via the 1% for the Planet scheme, have their donations toward their 1% pledge evidenced, and support our work in promoting climate change action. 

 Click here to read more.
Recycle your broken and unwanted electrical equipment, free of charge with ICT Reverse. ICT Reverse pick up and package your unwanted or damaged computers, free of charge.  IT and telecom equipment donated to ICT Reverse via The Carbon Literacy generates funds directly for The Carbon Literacy Trust (Registered Charity Number 1156722).

If you are interested in exploring this option on behalf of your organisation, then please Contact Us
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