Carbon Literacy training for trade union reps in Wales (online)
Event details
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 - 08:00 to
Fri, 14 Aug 2020 - 17:00
Free for trade union reps and officers in Wales

This course is now fully booked, the form is still available for you to register your interest for future courses we may be able to offer.  Should you want to participate in this in the future please register your interest using the button below.

This summer we are working with Cynnal Cymru (Sustain Wales) to offer an opportunity for trade union officers and reps in Wales to attend an online ‘Carbon Literacy’ course.

What is it about?

The award-winning Carbon Literacy Project aims to give everyone a day’s worth of learning on the causes and consequences of climate change and the practical actions individuals can take in their home, workplaces and community to reduce carbon emissions. A globally unique project, it has been recognised by the UN as one of its 100 Transformative Action Programmes.

Cynnal Cymru has been the official partner of The Carbon Literacy Project since 2017, delivering accredited Carbon Literacy training across Wales to a variety of organisations including United Welsh, Cardiff Council, The National Museum of Wales, Public Health Wales, Community Housing Cymru, WCVA and many SMEs, charities and voluntary organisations.

Carbon Literacy is:

“An awareness of the climate change costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual, community and organisational basis.”

Learners who demonstrate that they understand the climate emergency and commit to making significant changes to reduce their own carbon footprint, can obtain a carbon literacy certificate at the end of the course.

Why are we offering this training?

The climate emergency has been rising up the trade union agenda. The trade union movement in Wales supports the fight to protect our planet for future generations. The Wales TUC is calling for a green recovery from the Covid-crisis and just transition to net-zero. You can read more about our campaign here.

This summer we are busy working with our TUC tutors to develop two new online training courses for reps which will be coming soon. These will be focussed on green skills for trade unionists (for those interested in becoming green/environmental reps or taking on this work as part of another union role) and negotiating for a just transition in the workplace.

In the meantime, we have secured some funding to be able to offer places for reps who wish to attend Carbon Literacy training this August. We are supporting this training because we think that Carbon Literacy can have an important role in raising awareness of the climate crisis in the wider workforce which can help support union-led sustainability initiatives in the workplace.

Trade unions and Carbon Literacy

We know that some trade union reps are already actively involved in helping to deliver Carbon Literacy as a tool to raise awareness of environmental issues in some workplaces and we’d like to support others to get involved. For example, a group of environment reps in Stockport Local Authority have been involved in delivering the training to more than 150 colleagues.

This is because it’s based around a peer-to-peer learning model. So it can be delivered through an accredited provider (such as Cynnal Cymru) or the Carbon Literacy project and Cynnal Cymru can offer support to those who want to develop and deliver Carbon Literacy training within their organisations or communities.

We think that this course would be of interest to any reps who want to learn more about this topic, as well as those who might be interested in supporting wider awareness raising in their workplaces. However, it’s important to note that it isn’t intended as a replacement for the specialist trade union education training designed for reps (which may be offered through your own union or the Wales TUC). Reps interested in developing trade union-led action on environmental issues in the workplace should also attend their own union’s or the Wales TUC Education’s training on green skills for reps.

Who should attend?

Cynnal Cymru describes this course as suitable for those in a position to lead, organise or support others. We are offering to fund places for elected or appointed trade union officers or reps, including shop stewards, branch officials, health and safety reps, learning reps and green/environment reps. It is for any trade union rep or officer with an interest in learning more and who may be interested in taking the learning back into their branch or workplace.

How to apply

Please complete this online form to register your interest in the course. We will contact you to confirm if a place is available. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Learning Outcomes

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Locate and use information to explain global warming and climate change.
  • Describe and analyse the consequences for you, your organisation, or community
  • Identify personal and group actions that you can take to make a positive difference
  • Know where to go for further help

A day’s worth of learning

The course takes place across one week, combining self-directed study with facilitated sessions held online with your course tutor and fellow students. See the sample lesson plan.

About distance learning – course requirements

The majority of the study involves self-directed learning with the aid of your course books provided by your tutor. They will include suggested reading, links to further examples and research as well as links to videos to watch.

The course will also include two interactive sessions (Monday and Thursday) with your course-tutor and fellow students. Both sessions are essential to achieving your certification and typically last 1-2 hours.

To participate in the online distance learning course you will need access to a computer with a mic and where possible a video camera. We are currently using Zoom for the open sessions, so please check you are able to access this on your computer before booking the course.

Carbon Literacy certification

On successful completion of the course, all participants will receive a certificate from the Carbon Literacy Trust and join a growing movement of linked individuals across the world who understand the basic science of climate change and are able to make rational, informed decisions about how we respond.

About the tutor

Rhodri Thomas is the Principal Sustainability Consultant and training lead at Cynnal Cymru. Rhodri is educated to Masters level in Environmental Management and has a Professional Graduate Certificate (PGCE) in Adult Education & Training and is currently the only certified Carbon Literacy trainer in Wales.

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Carbon Literacy training for trade union reps in Wales (online)

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