Climate Literacy

The project must deliver increased awareness and understanding of climate change and enable the community to make informed choices to reduce its impact on climate change.

The project must deliver increased awareness and understanding of climate change. It must enable the community to make informed choices to reduce its impact on climate change.

Things to think about:

Describe the project activities that will improve your community’s understanding of climate change and ways they can address it themselves.

What resources will you use?

There are a variety of free resources that will help you to engage your community in discussions about climate change. The Scottish Government’s 'Climate Conversations' toolkit enables you to start discussions about how we can reduce the emissions that cause climate change and prepare for a changing climate. Another useful resource is The Segmentation Model developed by the Scottish Government, which will help you to focus and tailor your communications to suit different ‘segments’ of society. You can find these, and more resources, on our website.  


The CCF encourages creative and innovative approaches to increasing awareness of climate change in your community. Although there are some tried and tested methods out there, we encourage organisations to think of the best way to engage with their own community best.

How to demonstrate the Improved Climate Literacy of your community?

Simply counting participants in your Climate Literacy activities is not enough to demonstrate that there has been an improvement in terms of your community’s awareness and understanding of climate change. Using questionnaires or surveys could help you establish a baseline which later can be used to identify climate literacy improvement. Climate Change pledges can be used as a way to encourage action, but should be used alongside other methods to increase your community’s level of understanding of climate change.

Will you be running other events?

There are plenty of initiatives throughout the year with a specific climate change theme that your project could engage with such as Climate Week, Earth Day and Earth Hour.

You could also think about holding open days and events to explain what your project is doing and how its activities are helping to tackle climate change. Think about inviting partner organisations to these events who can provide extra support or resources.

If your project is awarded funding, it is a condition of all CCF grant awards that project staff attend Carbon Literacy training to gain an understanding of the science behind climate change, its likely impacts and ways to take local action to help tackle it. It is also worth thinking about promoting this training more widely so that more people in your community can become Carbon Literate. You could also think about attending training for your organisation to become certified to deliver the course in your community.


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