Being carbon literate – how you can make a difference
We all need to become more carbon literate. Being carbon literate means having an awareness of climate change and the climate impacts of humanities everyday actions. According to the Carbon Literacy Trust in Manchester ‘Carbon literacy is the underpinning knowledge required to create this vital shift in how we live, work and study. … when we are carbon literate will have an instinctive understanding of the carbon impacts of our activities, and be able to make informed choices about the most energy and resource efficient and lowest carbon options available to us.’
Carbon Literacy is about understanding what I actually need to do, where I can get help to do it, actually doing it and seeing that I’ve done it.”
There are plenty of things each and every one of us can do combat climate change and reduce our carbon footprint and combat climate change. And it’s only through each of us making our own little difference in the world for the better that large scale change will come about.
For simple ideas and guidance about how each of us can lower our carbon footprint have a look at
10 Things You Can Do Without Leaving Your Seat
For ideas about how to reduce your carbon footprint by at least 10% or more go to
who also have a simple carbon calculator at:
Want to know more about climate change? Have a look at our climate change information page with internet links to the science behind climate change, the top 5 TED talks about climate change, and climate change mythbusting.