Carbon Literacy Course

Event Date:26 January 2022 10:00 am — 3 February 2022 4:30pm

Created by Northwest Museum Development, Manchester Museum and The Carbon Literacy Trust

What is climate change and what can your museum do about it locally and nationally?

As part of the national Roots and Branches museum development initiative, we’re offering Carbon Literacy training for people who work or volunteer in museums in the south east.

The course will give you an understanding of what climate change is, the scale of its effects, and how museums fit into the global, national, and local picture to address climate change. You will become Carbon Literate by making an individual pledge, and an organisational pledge to take back to your museum, of what you can do, and is in your power to achieve, to make a significant difference to your carbon impact.

In the words of a previous delegate, ‘Carbon Literacy is about understanding what I actually need to do, where I can get help to do it, actually doing it and seeing that I’ve done it.’

Participants will receive a Carbon Literate certificate from The Carbon Literacy Trust upon completion of the course.

Course dates

The course is delivered in modules (7 hours over 2 sessions).

Session 1: 26 January 2022 (10.00-13.00) – live online session via Zoom

Session 2: 3 February 2022 (10.00-16.30)live online course via Zoom

How to book

Deadline to sign up is 17 December 2021.

Booking a space by completing this online Expression of Interest.

We will send you an email after 17 December to confirm your place.

Please do let us know if you need us to make any reasonable adjustments so that you can access this course.

Please Note: The information gathered through the booking form will be used by us to send you joining instructions as well as a follow-up evaluation survey. It will also be shared with and used by The Carbon Literacy Project for them to provide you with certification for the course.

Who is this course aimed at?

This Carbon Literacy course is for volunteers and paid staff who work across all service areas from Accredited Museums or those working towards Accreditation in the south east of England.

We suggest that two people from your organisation attend the course for peer support when developing actions.

We will be conducting activities that will require you to be in a pair – preferably one person who has management experience and another who has customer facing experience.

The course will be delivered via an online platform (ZOOM) for which you will need a computer or tablet to access and includes presentations, joint working exercises and discussion and video content. You will also need a good web connection for the virtual course.

What does the Carbon Literacy course involve?

The course is delivered in modules (7 hours over 2 sessions). To become certified as Carbon Literate, you must complete the entire course and submit your individual and organisational pledges as explained in the final session.

Session 1: Introduction to Carbon Literacy

Live online session via Zoom

26th January 2022


This session will include a pre-recorded course introduction and the basic science of climate change. This introductory workshop will give an overview of the Carbon Literacy course and link delegates to watch a documentary that presents the science and facts about climate change. In the Introduction, you will be given some questions to consider when watching the documentary. There will also be a chance to hear about a museum case study as well as interactive learning opportunities. You will also be provided with some take away tools to help you make changes in your museums. We will be supplying a take-away practice scenario that we will encourage you to undertake in your museum to really embed your learning and allow you to practice in a meaningful context.

Session 2: Carbon Literacy Course

Live online Course via Zoom

3rd February 2022


This session will focus on the impacts of climate change, equity and vulnerability as well as the roles of museums in tackling the climate crisis and green recovery. You will be asked to reflect on the questions posed during the first part of this session. There will also be a focus on carbon budgets, the UK and International policy positions, and carbon footprints. The afternoon session is all about action planning and how we talk about climate change with others.

Please plan to attend both sessions. If you can’t make Session 1, we can provide a link to the documentary to watch ahead of attending Session 2.

About the providers

Northwest Museum Development, in partnership with Manchester Museum and The Carbon Literacy Project, has developed a new online Museums’ Carbon Literacy Toolkit that will be free to access by all museums and rolled out by Museum Development England (MDE).

The Toolkit and course are part of the Roots and Branches project, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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