On this page you will find an overview of our Carbon Literacy training programmes, with an outline of what it involves and why we are offering the programme. If you are a Teacher, Youth Leader, a Community Leader, member of a community group or a student or even a business looking for a climate briefing, you are in the right place and we have a course for you. Check the description and the starting dates for each of the courses listed below, select which is right for you and when you are ready, click the green box above, create a short profile and then log in to book your programme. Currently, the courses are DAERA funded and therefore free to access and are held online. If you would like to book an in-person course do get in touch via email@example.com . Most courses are about 8 hrs worth of learning and are fully certified.
Currently available for booking:
Carbon Smart Communities – 1-day programme. Are you a
member of a local community group, keen to learn more about climate
change? Come along to this accessible, 1-day programme and find the
ways that you can make a difference to become part of the solution. Course dates -17th and 30th August.
Carbon Smart Communities – modular. All the benefits of the above course broken down in to 3 accessible modules.
Carbon Literacy for Community Leaders - modular. Do you organise or lead a local community based group for the benefit of local people? This hybid learning programme could be for you. With a combination of self study and 4 online zoom meetings with colleagues, this training can be covered over 4, shorter sessions. At the end of the programme you will get a full set of training materials to use with your youth group to ensure they are up to date with climate change.
Carbon Literacy for Teachers – modular. If you are short of time, this hybrid programme may suit you. With a combination of self study and 4 online zoom meetings with colleagues, the training can be covered over 4, shorter sessions. At the end of the programme you will get a full set of training materials to use with your students in school to ensure they are up to date with climate change. Starting dates - 15th August
Carbon Literacy for Teachers – 1-day programme. All the benefits of the above course delivered in 1 day! Course dates - 23rd or 25th August.
Carbon Literacy for Youth Leaders - modular. Do you lead or organise activities with your local youth group or club? This hybid learning programme could be for you. With a combination of self study and 4 online zoom meetings with colleagues, this training can be covered over 4, shorter sessions. At the end of the programme you will get a full set of training materials to use with your youth group to ensure they are up to date with climate change.
Carbon Literacy for Youth Leaders - 1 day programme. All the benefits of the above course delivered in 1 day! Course dates - 16th August.
Carbon Smart programme - Queens University Belfast - these programmes are designed for staff and students at QUB only, do go ahead and create your profile if you are looking for these courses, the dates will appear.
Climate Change Awareness - business briefing. If you are a business group we can offer you a free, 75 minute climate awareness briefing (at a time to suit you) or full Carbon Literacy training with an associated cost. Please do not book on to the above courses as business groups do not fall within the DAERA funded project. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your training needs.
It just takes a few minutes to create a profile by clicking on the green box above - then you can log back in and book your free training!
Once booked you will receive a booking email confirming your place and then an email with access to study resources 1 week prior to the start of your programme.
We have many challenges ahead but there are solutions to this global crisis and together we can make a difference. The UK Climate Change Commission, in a recent report to Government were clear that, both engaging with the public about ways we can help in the reduction of carbon emissions as well as key changes in Government policy, were both essential steps in finding a response to the current climate crisis. At Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, we are clear that Government, Business and Industry must play their part in responding to the climate change challenge. We also believe that the education of young people ensures that they have the knowledge, awareness and confidence to speak out to leaders and call for the future they wish to see. The Climate Change challenge is an intergenerational emergency, and one where we all have a part to play.
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has been working closely with communities, schools and the general public for many years in the protection of our environment. We are now excited to offer Carbon Literacy training to a wide range of groups to raise awareness of the climate change emergency we are all facing and the many ways that we can all get involved and become part of the solution.
Carbon Literacy is defined as: “An awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual, community and organisational basis.”
Understanding the link between Carbon emission and climate change is an important part of knowing how we can all adapt our behaviour and protect the natural world.
Carbon Literacy training consists of 8 hours of learning, delivered over three or four sessions via a blended learning experience, including live virtual sessions and self-study activities.
The training will offer you a way to gain a confident awareness of climate change science, and the climate impacts of our everyday actions. This interactive training will enable you to map your own carbon footprint, and gain an understanding of and motivation to reduce personal and organisational carbon emissions.
The course will develop an awareness of how climate change is affecting us now and will continue to affect us in the future unless we take urgent action. We will also look at a climate justice issues across the globe and explore how we can begin to discuss climate change with colleagues, families and friends.
By the end of the course you will:
The Carbon Literacy Project (CLP) is a globally unique organisation – there is nothing else quite like it anywhere. It was recognised as such by the United Nations in Paris, where it was awarded as a TAP100, one of 100 worldwide Transformative Action Programs. The CLP sets a standard for training programmes and offers certification for those who complete the course.
The CLP have worked with a wide range of groups, nations and organisation.
All of the Carbon Literacy Programmes offered by keep Northern Ireland Beautiful have been certified for delivery by the Carbon Literacy Project.
The design of the the training works on the assumption that peer-peer learning has the greatest impact on behaviour change. We aim, therefore, to train leaders in Carbon Literacy and then provide materials they can use to train their students, or groups.
On completion of your training you will not only be certified in Carbon Literacy but you will have the knowledge and confidence to take your students, youth or community groups through a similar Carbon Smart programme. We provide you with all the materials and the support you need. We ask that, once you are trained, you deliver Carbon Literacy training to your group within 3-6 months, depending on your sector.These materials can be accessed in a variety of ways.
When you are ready, please click on the green booking tab at the top of the page to register a short profile, review dates and book your programme. Please follow the process below.
This project is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.