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Delve into the causes of climate change and what we can do about it. Boost understanding with our in-depth, accredited course.

The second part of this course will be held on Thursday 29th February, 9.15am-1.15pm. Your ticket price covers both parts and you must attend both sessions to be eligible for certification. 

This event is subsidised, with 50% off the usual ticket fee and has eligibility criteria. For full details, please see below, under 'Ticket Information'.

Course Overview

Do you want to get your facts straight about the latest climate science? Develop an understanding of carbon footprints and build your knowledge of what we can all do, at home, in our communities and at work, to help restore the balance?  

Our interactive Climate and Carbon Literacy training course, offered to micro, small and medium sized organisations (SMEs) based in the Westmorland & Furness area, provides a clear understanding of climate science, an awareness of carbon costs and the impacts of everyday activities. It will leave you with the ability and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual, community and organisational basis. We are delighted to be offering delegates 50% off our usual organisation ticket rates, as part of a wider package of support from the Westmorland & Furness Green Enterprise Hub

Our inspiring, informative and interactive training course is accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project. It will take you concisely through the science of climate change, causes, impacts and solutions. It covers the global, UK and Cumbria picture, as well as highlighting what is happening locally, and how you can get involved.  The course presents you with a usable framework for understanding the climate emergency, how soon we need to act, the scale of that action, and what part your organisation can play. 

You will leave this session more confident in your knowledge, better able to articulate what needs to be done, and with an increased sense of agency around your ability to be part of that change. You will also leave with the ability to begin to develop your own action plans, and to develop training sessions for others, if you wish to do so. 

Delegates who complete the training course can become certified as 'Carbon Literate' after the course by submitting an evidence form. This involves pledging to carry out emission reduction actions as an individual and as part of a wider group and is assessed by the Carbon Literacy Project as the awarding body. You will join a rapidly growing movement of 76,000+ certified Carbon Literate citizens worldwide.

The course is delivered by expert trainers from Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS). We Co-Chair the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership and run Cumbria’s Climate and Carbon Literacy training programme. A certified Platinum Carbon Literate Organisation, our team of certified Carbon Literate trainers bring decades of practical emission-reduction expertise, in-depth knowledge of the local area as well as significant training experience

Coursework and Certification

In advance of attending part 1 of the accredited course, please watch ‘Climate Change: The Facts’ by David Attenborough (58 mins). This is available at:  and  BBC iPlayer - Climate Change - The Facts .

Between part 1 and part 2, delegates will be required to spend a short amount of time on coursework (1 hour max) to calculate the impact they have on the climate (as an individual) using an online tool, to be discussed in part 2:

And to become certified as 'Carbon Literate', you will need to return your completed pledge document to us within 10 days of the course. Your trainer will introduce this document during part 2 of the training. 


Please familiarise yourself with using Zoom prior to attending. This course is interactive and you will need to be able to mute and unmute yourself, have discussions in breakout rooms and use the chat function and follow links by clicking or copying and pasting into your web browser. A laptop/computer or tablet will work better than a phone for this course and we recommend you download the Zoom app and test the meeting link prior to the session date. You will find comprehensive how to guides on the Zoom website. We are unable to provide dedicated technical support during the training but if you have any questions please email [email protected] at least a week before your course. 

Ticket Information

Employees/representatives from organisations - £69 per delegate.

Eligibility: this event is intended for micro, small and medium sized organisations, that are based in Westmorland and Furness, and that are either commercial or social enterprises. For detailed eligibility criteria click here.

Subsidy Control: this training is subsidised by the UK Government and the amount of Minimum Financial Assistance (MFA) subsidy offered is £424 per delegate. For more information on subsidy control click here.   

You will be informed of the amount of MFA offered (i.e. the value of the particular element of support that you are interested in) when you request it. Before we provide that support to you, we require written confirmation that receipt of the support will not exceed your organisation’s MFA threshold. The threshold is £315,000 of MFA subsidy cumulated over this and the previous two financial years, as specified in section 36(1) of the Subsidy Control Act (2022). Confirmation must be sent by someone who is authorised to do so on behalf of your organisation.

Please click on the Book Now link to secure you place.

Cancellation policy: If you need to cancel your place on this training session, please contact [email protected] as soon as possible. Please note that for cancellations made less than 2 weeks before the course starts, we will only be able to refund 50% of the ticket fee. 

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February 22nd, 2024 from  9:15 AM to  1:15 PM
Delegates from SMEs in the Westmorland & Furness area (discounted rate applied) £39.00