Virtual Carbon Literacy Course held for members of Community Groups in High Peak

Last month, local charity Marches Energy Agency (MEA) ran a virtual Carbon Literacy course for members of Transition Buxton and other community groups in the High Peak Local Authority Area. 10 people (maximum number spaces available) attended the course which was delivered through three tutor-led Zoom sessions - each being a combination of lectures, interactive activities, and discussions. This was a new Carbon Literacy course adapted to an online format, delivered for the first time, and offered everything that an ordinary full-day Carbon Literacy course would offer.

Carbon Literacy courses equip people and communities with the skills needed to bring about the rapid reduction in carbon emissions required in the next few years by the climate emergency.  The Carbon Literacy Project defines Carbon Literacy as: "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.”

This course was free to attend as it was funded by Local Authorities in the area.  For a small free, they had an option to be certified as Carbon Literate by the national Carbon Literacy Project

One participant, Frances Sussex from Transition Buxton, who attended the course said: 'Thank you so much to you and your colleagues for the Carbon Literacy course. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy it, but it has transformed my thinking about my own carbon footprint. I’ve been reflecting on the course constantly since it began.’

She added ‘So thank you for making us realise that we needed to make more drastic changes to our carbon footprint. All the resources you used were great and I’m looking forward to sharing my new knowledge with schools next academic year.’

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