Carbon Literacy Project
CARBON LITERACY: WHAT IS IT?
Carbon Literacy is defined as: "An awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual, community and organisational basis.”
Understanding the link between carbon emissions and climate change is an important part of knowing how we can all adapt our behaviour and protect the world.
There are a number of reasons why we need to implement Carbon Literacy training across Northern Ireland. These reasons include:
- Climate change is happening across the globe, as well as in Northern Ireland.
- Global warming is causing extreme weather events, flooding, drought, warming oceans, and the rapid melt of glaciers and polar caps.
- Carbon emissions are now so high that we have a global emergency that demands we take urgent action to reset the natural balance.
Funded by DAERA, in association with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Queen’s University Belfast, the course is accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project. The training is designed to offer students an awareness of climate change science, and the climate impacts of our everyday actions, as well as building confidence, knowledge, skills and motivation to empower individuals and organisations to play a crucial role in responding to the climate crisis.
What you will learn when becoming Carbon Literate:
- Understand the basics of climate change science.
- Have a greater awareness of climate justice issues in parts of the globe.
- have explored how climate change is impacting us now and will affect us in the future in N.I and across the globe.
- Have an awareness of how governments have responded to the climate emergency globally and in N.I.
- Be able to identify specific ways that you as an individual and as part of your local community, can change your behaviour to reduce carbon emissions.
Once you finish your Carbon Literacy training course, you will be asked to complete an evidence form, which asks you what you have learned over the duration of the course. Then you will be asked to explain how you will use this knowledge to change personal habits which may contribute to your carbon footprint.
You will become certified Carbon Literate once your evidence form has been reviewed by the Carbon Literacy Project.
Being Carbon Literate is a brilliant opportunity to help educate others about climate change. Raising awareness about climate change and sharing your own manageable, positive actions is a great way to encourage change.
We now have just under 200 QUB students who are certified Carbon Literate!