Global climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world. Many national and local governments, and many organisations have declared Climate Emergencies, including Christ Church.

As part of our response to this, the Academy is offering Carbon Literacy for Universities training to staff and students.

This short course is delivered over two weeks, with approximately 1 hour of self study and one 3-hour taught session (either online or face to face) each week. The course has been developed by Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with the Carbon Literacy Trust, and successful completion of the course results in certification.

We're also offering introductory taster sessions to any staff or students who would like to get a better understanding of what carbon literacy means and whether enrolment in the course is right for them.

Where can I sign up?

You can find all upcoming taster sessions and CLT workshop dates on our Us in the World events page.

Staff can book their space on any of these through StaffSpace - students currently just need to email the CLT Team to book their space, though we hope to make these events bookable online for students in the near future too.

What does Carbon Literacy Training entail?

Using a combination of presentations, videos, discussions and quizzes, Carbon Literacy Training aims to promote:

“An awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.”

If you are interested in taking this course, you can watch a quick introduction to climate science. You can also use the WWF Footprint Calculator to have a go at calculating your personal carbon footprint, and compare it to the national average.

"I'm interested, but..."

If you or your team/class/SU society are interested in joining the training and earning a certificate in Carbon Literacy, we'll try our best to arrange for additional CLT taster sessions or training workshops to fit your needs and work around your schedule - for example, we can deliver taster sessions during module lecture or seminar windows, at team or faculty conferences or meetings, offer training to societies in Wednesday afternoon social slots and more.

If you'd like to talk about this, or if you have any questions and want to chat to a member of the team before you commit, drop us an email and we'll take it from there.