Leicestershire residents ready to tackle to the climate crisis
Friday 6th August 2021
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Caption for images: ‘Helena Wilkinson and Michael Rodber with their certificates after they successfully completed a Carbon Literacy course’
19 Leicestershire residents have been declared Carbon Literate after completing a course designed especially for local people.
All 19 have received a certificate after attending a day’s worth of learning with local community group, Transition Loughborough, about the climate crisis and the ways in which individuals and communities can tackle it. Attendees were invited to make two pledges to cut their own carbon footprint and that of the communities they live, work and study in. Those who did so have now been confirmed as Carbon Literate by the national Carbon Literacy Project.
Participants pledged to undertake a range of activities including improving the energy efficiency of their homes and helping others to do the same, helping their workplaces to be more environmentally friendly, planting trees in the community and moving towards a low carbon diet. All pledges were assessed by the national Carbon Literacy Project before attendees received their certificates.
Caroline Harmon, a member of Transition Loughborough and the lead trainer for the project, said:
‘The climate crisis is a global problem but it’s already impacting us locally. Carbon Literate Leicestershire encourages communities across the county to share ideas and experiences of tackling the climate crisis together.’
Christiane Startin-Lorent, also a trainer for the project, said:
‘We’re especially pleased because having Carbon Literate residents will help accelerate Leicestershire County Council’s plans for the county to achieve net zero by 2045.’
Carbon Literate Leicestershire, which is funded by a SHIRE Environment Grant from Leicestershire County Council, was designed especially for people living, working or studying in Leicestershire, but the 19 people receiving certificates join more than 20,000 people worldwide who have completed a Carbon Literacy course.
Transition Loughborough is running two more Carbon Literacy courses in the autumn. Anyone living, working or studying in the county is welcome to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/transition-loughborough-17009317560
The courses are open to anyone living in Leicestershire. Unfortunately, they are not open to Leicester city residents or Rutland residents.