Carbon Conversations courses starting in Stoke Newington & London Fields

by Jamie on April 10, 2010

Another round of Carbon Conversations is starting up in Hackney and across North London in a couple of weeks.

The Carbon Conversations programme was developed by Cambridge Carbon Footprint and these courses are being delivered in London by the Carbon Literacy Forum.

This is a great way to help you make big cuts to your carbon footprint, with workshops covering all of the main sources of carbon emissions including the home, transport, food and the things that we buy.

There are five sessions of two hours, every other week in groups of about 8 to 10 people. Best of all, the course is free (there is a modest £15 charge to cover the cost of the course book).

Both the Stoke Newington and London Fields courses kick off on the evening of Monday 26th April (see the flyer for more information and contact details).

About Carbon Conversations…

‘Carbon Conversations’ is an inspiring, engaging and practical course on low-carbon living based on the psychology of change.

It is a unique carbon sylabus for anybody who wants to know more about their personal carbon footprint and find practical steps to start reducing it.

You will be guided through discussions, games and exercises so you can find your own solutions with sensitivity to you own lifestyles and values.

The groups are run by experienced co-facilitators who have already embarked on their own low carbon journey and want to enable others to tread in the same footsteps.

You will be offered advice as to how to find resources, advice and services in your own area and the support of those who care.

What the groups include

The groups are held over five fortnightly sessions of 2 hours each which cover the main areas of your carbon footprint. We have a lending library of relevant books, energy monitors and information about local services and groups too.

Looking for a Low Carbon Future: Investigates our attitudes to climate change. Each participant is invited to complete a carbon footprint estimator before the course and we look at these together to find our starting points in embarking on our low carbon journey.

Energy in the Home: Our homes are more than bricks and mortar, they let us express ourselves. This session explores what our homes mean and with exercises and a ‘home energy game’ explores what we each can do wether we rent or own our own homes.

Transport and Travel: What are the effects and carbon impacts of our daily travel and holiday journeys? What alternatives are there? It also includes the ‘Travel Dilemmas’ game to look at how our behaviours and options can be supported by actions at local and national level.

Food: The most essential fuel in our lives this session explores what food really means to us and the environment. The ‘Food Footprints’ game sorts out what real difference you can start making now, and identifies where the carbon is in production, processing, transportation and packaging of our shopping basket.

Consumption and Waste: How do we consume carbon and resources when we spend money? Can we both sustain growth and maintain our planets resources? What might be a target for sustainable living? What rules of thumb can we evolve together to move to a happier and lower consumption lifestyle?

Meetup: After a space of 4-6 weeks after the fifth session we arrange to meet again for a more social time to share together what has changed and what more the co-facilitators or other group members can help to support you in your contining low carbon journey.

Easter Courses (contact details):

Hackney (N16 and E8)

Mondays 7:30-9:30pm from 26th April Stoke Newington N16

Mondays 7:00-9:00pm from 26th April – London Fields E8

Islington (N5)

Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm from 20th April – Highbury N5

Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm from 6th May – Highbury N5

Waltham Forest

Monday 7:00-9:00pm from 12th April – Leytonstone

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