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"All is not lost when it comes to climate change"

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22 June 2020
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Carbon Literacy: “An awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.”

Today, over 14,000 individuals and more than 40 organisations are Carbon Literate. We can now include the C-Change network and some of their city staff to this list. 

As part of the Manchester study visit in October last year,  a bespoke carbon literacy training course was delivered to the network. 
The original content of the course was updated to respond to the climate emergency and delivered to project partners including representatives from their arts and culture sector. 

The training was then to be replicated in their own cities and we can hear from Agueda who have already done this successfully. 

On February 24th, the “Carbon Literacy Training” took place in Águeda as part of the C-Change learning programme.
Luís Silva, a local artist from the ULG of Águeda who received the Carbon Literacy Training at the Manchester study visit led the session. 
This training was focused on climate change, carbon literacy and “citizen empowerment”. In an informal and interactive environment, examples were shared showing how each of us can actively contribute to "awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the capacity and motivation to reduce emissions individually, in the community and in the organization".
A film “Loving the Planet”, was shown at the session to convey the urgency to act and the importance of individual accountability to reverse this degradation.
“Before the Flood”, another documentary recommended at the training session is available with Portuguese subtitles
DiCaprio’s three-year journey showing the devastating impacts of climate change is very good documentary to make us question the human capability of reversing the impact of climate change.