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 - Going Dutch!

"Does your project’s success depend on the involvement of citizens? But are you struggling to interest or motivate them?"

Our Managing Director, Dave Coleman, spoke to Colette van der Minne, Communication Officer for City-zen | New Urban Energy at Amsterdam Economic Board, about The Carbon Literacy Project's secret to citizen engagement.

Being hailed as a 'success story' the interview aims to highlight the accomplishments of the Carbon Literacy Project, whilst outlining the lessons that can be learnt from Manchester when it comes to citizen engagement. 

"Curious to know [our] secret to success?" Read it here

 New Tools and Workshops!

We've been working on a number of events and tools to help you on your Carbon Literacy Journey:

Drop in Criteria Checker Workshop
11th October 2017 9.00am–5.00pm –Innospace, Chester Street, Manchester.

Join us in person or via Skype for our criteria checking workshop! This is an opportunity for organisations and professional trainers to pop in and spend an hour or so one-to-one with someone from the project. Get advice on Criteria Checker completion, course design and evidencing, plus general input on what approaches and resources are available and particularly useful for your audience. Click here for more information and to book a slot.

Carbon Literacy Course for Interested Organisations
Provisional date 1st November 2017, Location TBC

Train the Trainer Course

October / November 2017, Location TBC

And much more - so keep your eyes peeled for more information over the coming weeks!

 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 (CCF), has made Carbon Literacy a standard for applicants of the funds.

They have already supported over 150 learners in becoming Carbon Literate, and they are determined to continue to make progress across Scotland, facilitating the expansion of Carbon Literacy and a “low carbon” culture. Keep Scotland Beautiful are also working to build carbon Literacy across their organisation, and have recently applied for recognition as a Carbon Literate Organisation.

Keep Scotland Beautiful provides the Carbon Literacy training and supporting resources as part of their management of the CCF. The CCF provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. 

Find out more here 
 Release of the CLK E-learning Report

We have recently completed a study into the effects of our e-learning upon learners’:

  • Knowledge of climate change,
  • Motivation to address climate change, 
  • Attitudes towards the course itself.

“The report provides insight into the effectiveness of the ‘Carbon Literacy: Knowledge’ (CLK) e-learning package... We show that the CLK e-learning is effective in motivating learners to take action on climate change (CC)...”

You can read the full version of the report here.


 Salford CL Consortium Event –Talking     with the Mayor about Climate

4th October 2017, 8.30–11.15 am, The Landing, MediaCityUK, Salford.

Our first area-based consortium is meeting up again on the 4th October 2017.

The event will once more be hosted by Paul Dennett, City Mayor of Salford and this time the event will be split into two parts.

The first session will give participants new to the Salford Carbon Literacy Consortium a chance, over a brew and biscuits, to discuss with the Mayor why Salford needs to act on climate change, why he wants Salford organisations to join the consortium and what the benefits are to joining.

The second session will be primarily for those that have attended a Salford Carbon Literacy Consortium event previously but is open to all. We will provide an overview of the resources and workshops available and how to accredit a training course. We will also be joined by current Carbon Literacy Trainers and Consultants that can be employed to help create and run your course. We will discuss where we are up to, how we can share resources across the consortium and decide on next steps for each of our engaged organisations.

This is a closed event so if you would like to attend, please contact

 Sometimes you only find things when           you go looking for them

Back in May of this year, a researcher from Kings College London spent some time in Manchester and uncovered something quite astounding about the Carbon Literacy Project - the sheer quantity of training taking place.

We thought there were around 10 Carbon Literacy courses taking place each month. It was discovered that there were in fact 30 Carbon Literacy courses taking place in May alone! The unprecedented scale of delivery came as a huge, albeit very pleasant surprise. It shouldn't have however, when you consider that in September, our monthly average of Carbon Literate citizens hit a new height of 287. That means an average of 287 citizens certified every month, and frequently many more!

If you're running a Carbon Literacy course that's open to individuals or other organisations, let us know by emailing so we can help to get the word out. 


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

Salford Carbon Literacy Consortium Meeting 
04/10/2017 8:30 am - 11:15 am The Landing, MediaCityUK, Salford

"Drop-in" Criteria Checking Workshop
11/10/2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Cooler Projects HQ, Manchester Lancashire

The Carbon Literate Organisation Awards 2017
16/10/2017 - 20/10/2017 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

CL4RPs 'Meet The Low Carbon Leader'
31/10/2017 10:00 am - 11:30 am Stockport Homes, Cornerstone, Stockport

Job Opportunity - Environmental Assistant, Great Places Housing Group

Application closing date  05/10/2017
For more information or to apply click here
Our Faith, Our Planet

On Monday 25th September Manchester Cathedral was the venue for an evening event to encourage action from Greater Manchester’s faith communities.  Convened by Dean Rogers Govender, the event featured the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, reflections from the Muslim, Jewish and Sikh communities and a presentation from the Manchester Climate Change Agency. 

Our highlight was a speech by Fr Eamonn Mulcahy – who leads on the environment for the area’s Catholics.  He spoke eloquently about the common ground between faiths on this issue and the interconnectedness of all living things.   

About 120 people attended and the Carbon Literacy Project helped organise the event’s workshops.  It is hoped that a major inter-faith project will grow from this event.

Climate Visuals – A Great Carbon Literacy Resource

Climate Change suffers from an image problem.

The iconic image of a polar bear floating on a piece of ice in the Arctic has failed to inspire and engage. And yet, images remain a powerful and essential tool of climate change communication. Images can effectively convey complex and multi-layered ideas.

Read more here
2nd November 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Blending industry, academic and nonprofit sector speakers, the day will provide a platform highlighting and debating contemporary responses to the global sustainable and responsible tourism agenda from north-west England and further afield. 

Find out more 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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