Speaking the language of Carbon Literacy
A blog post by Claire Gibson
- Designing a lower carbon Scotland
- Getting to know... Lisa Snedden
- Combating climate change with information, education and training
- Litter picking 500 miles was always Gonna Be easy
- 7K for 7 Flags Challenge
- Littering less at St Joseph's Primary School in Glasgow
- Smashing litter picking targets during an unexpected stay in Scotland
- Keeping our communities beautiful
- Celebrating our brilliant volunteers
- Designing a pocket garden
- Getting to know... Nicola Smith
- East Haven Together
- It’s time to litter-ly turn anger into action
- Working in partnership to give communities a helping hand to clean up Scotland
- Why Beautiful Scotland is important to Lauder in Bloom
- We can all be climate ready
- Climate Ready Classrooms at Speyside High School
- Taking part in It's Your Neighbourhood
- Bags of opportunity for good
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- Lucky to live here
- A year of opportunity ahead
- How I’m trying to waste less this Christmas
- Unmasking a looming litter emergency
- Getting to know... Brian Rae
- A Canal College® journey
- Volunteering during a pandemic
- Applauding the unsung heroes who manage our award winning parks and beaches
- Socially distant but learning together
- Getting to know.......Lisa Snedden
- Waste vs the pandemic: finding a new normal for single-use cups
- Now is the time to change
- Could the Global Goals provide a framework for the green recovery?
- Getting to know....Connor Launder
- Our incredible Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood community
- Getting to know our people behind Climate Ready Classrooms
- Lockdown litter - a community view
- Looking after beaches
- Time for a more sustainable future, a greener and fairer one for all
- Getting to know.....Claire Gibson
- The Origins of George Wyllie's 'Original Earth Guarantee'
- Getting to know... Aoife Hutton
- National disgrace of lockdown litter
- The healing power of local places
- Tackling Covid-19 and climate change at a community level
- Amid the Coronavirus crisis the climate emergency has not gone away
- Bringing environmental education home
- #TurdTag – getting creative to tackle dog poo
- Preparing young people to take action on climate change
- Running on community power
- Reconnecting with nature
- Coronavirus isn't an excuse - flytipping is still a crime
- Sowing seeds of hope in our community
- Hope for the environment post-Coronavirus?
- From Eco-School Committee to environmental charity
- You can’t tackle the climate crisis unless you are climate ready
- Why everyone wins when you take part in Beautiful Scotland
- Entering our third decade with a splash
- Is 2020 the year for a circular economy in Scotland?
- A year in the life of: the campaigns and innovation team
- Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
- Setting sail: all aboard the partnership
- Free wheeling
- Scotland is thirsty for change
- This #ScotClimateWeek, are you ready to pledge?
- Upstream Battle at Whinhill Primary School
- Elaine Hopley on our Upstream Battle week of action
- 20 September climate strikes: what took place and what happens now?
- Playing our part to reduce cup waste
- The funeral of a glacier: time to pull the emergency brake
- Get your Paws on Plastic
- It’s time to take action to reverse climate change
- Monitoring litter to help keep Scotland beautiful
- Tackling Our Unsustainable Cup Consumption
- Cups hitting the ground: what we learned at TRNSMT Festival
- We All Have To Fight The UpStream Battle
- It's rubbish that people have to clean up after litter bugs
- The power of pocket gardens
- Registering your clean up makes a difference
- Tackling climate change starts at home
- The life of a Keep Scotland Beautiful intern
- Wheatley Group: two years on and still going strong
- Roadside Litter: Think twice before you chuck
- Our citizen scientists are ready to make waves for Upstream Battle
- Taking a stand on climate change – what actions will you take?
- The Cup Movement will tackle our litter culture head on
- Working across borders to tackle climate change
- Celebrating 25 years of Eco-Schools in Scotland
- Climate change – it’s personal
- Putting young people first for our environment at Keep Scotland Beautiful
- Treading lightly – steps to lower our carbon footprint
- Aunty Babs washes her spoon and so should you
- Climate change: we can all do our bit
- Have yourself a green Christmas
- Shifting up a gear on Scotland’s roadside litter problem
- It’s time to consign our litter problem to the dustbin of history
- We can save our seas by starting at home
- Everyone can do their bit to protect the world – what’s your Goal?
The human impact on climate change is not a new issue. In fact, we have known for well over a century that human activity is driving an increase in global average temperatures (global warming) and the result is our climate is changing. The effects of climate change are far reaching and will disproportionately affect the most vulnerable in society.
The scale of the issue of climate change is too large to ignore and just carry on ‘business as usual’. Therefore, it is vital that we change our behaviour, from the food we eat to how we travel. Raising awareness and understanding of the issue and solutions to climate change is key in supporting people to change behaviours. This is why we offer training on how our activities have impacted climate change and what actions we can take to reduce our impact on the planet.
In 2016, we were delighted to start offering Scotland’s first ever accredited Carbon Literacy training course for Communities. We organise the training as part of our management of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, which is supporting community-led projects to reduce local carbon emissions, improve their areas and help them to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Since 2016 over 370 people from Shetland to the Scottish Borders have been certified as Carbon Literate. The training is accredited by the award-winning Carbon Literacy Project (CLP), run by the Manchester-based charity. The training is free to attend for representatives of any Scottish-based community-led organisation interested in tackling climate change.
As an organisation we have further developed our Carbon Literacy offering and are now delivering training to schools (Climate Ready Classrooms) and organisations (Carbon Literacy for Interested Organisations, CLIO).
We were honoured to have won Gold at the Carbon Literacy Trust Award ceremony, held in Manchester on 21st March 2019. We are just one of five organisations in the UK and the only organisation in Scotland to have attained Gold accreditation for being a Carbon Literate Organisation.
In the coming year, we will continue to deliver Carbon Literacy training to organisations, schools and communities across Scotland. If you would like to get involved in any of our Carbon Literacy training you can find out more via: Carbon Literacy for Communities; Climate Ready Classrooms and CLIO.