Two rows of attendees at a CAfS carbon literacy course in Carlisle, facing each other and holding up sheets

Helping Cumbrians to gen up on climate change

Hundreds of people across Cumbria will be more empowered to take action on climate change through our programme of community training on climate science and solutions, funded by the Emergence Foundation.

Emergence Foundation logoTaking action on climate change is a journey. The first step for most people is to know that there’s a problem, to care about that problem, to understand what the solutions are and what they can do about it. Knowledge is power, and that’s where our new series of community climate training comes in.

The interactive activities include short online training sessions and climate conversation cafes, being delivered by a network of 20 volunteers, supported by CAfS staff. The programme got under way in March 2021 and continues to grow from strength to strength.

Progress so far

March 2022:

Around April 2021, our community carbon literacy coordinator recruited 20 volunteers from across Cumbria, to run climate training and activities in their communities. These volunteers were given the confidence to communicate about climate change among their own networks, so that they can help people in their communities to play their part in the journey to a zero carbon Cumbria. 

The project has had a very successful start, with champions running activities in their communities from May 2021– from coffee mornings to talks for local groups. We want to build on this by recruiting and training another group of 20 champions in 2022. Our goal is for our new and existing champions to run or speak at a wide range of free events on climate science and solutions across Cumbria, engaging 700-1000 people over 10 months. 

Watch this space!