“After more than a year of development, The Manchester Carbon Literacy Project will be publicly launched on Tuesday October 30th at Exchange Court, Manchester Arndale.
“This exciting project, unique nationally, simultaneously addresses carbon footprint, green skills, demand for green goods and services and quality of life, and is the delivery of the carbon literacy aim of Manchester: A Certain Future the city’s climate change action plan.
There will be a short address from some of those those involved including city leader Sir Richard Leese, and a short “green graduation” to honour some of the Mancunians who have already qualified as Manchester Carbon Literate.
For guests from organisations already delivering or developing their Manchester Carbon Literacy training, there will also be an opportunity, immediately after the launch, to meet informally and compare approaches in an hour-long trainers workshop.
Manchester is the only city attempting a project with this scale of ambition and breadth of approach, and after a year of preparation, we are delighted to be revealing this pioneering project publicly for the first time.”
MCFly will cover the run-up, the event and the aftermath of this. We’d also like to encourage more people to get involved as volunteers with Cooler Projects. (See here for our interview with the project directors about the ethics of asking people to work for free).
Disclaimers: MCFly has friendly (usually!) relations with the directors of Cooler Projects. Is Carbon Literacy on its own enough to “save” Manchester? No, but then they have never claimed it was. Is it a sorely-needed step in the right direction? Almost certainly yes. Would “Manchester Carbon Capability Project” be even better. Yes. Will that happen without a massive increase in the numbers of people getting involved in “the climate movement”? No. Who is going to make that happen? You, gentle reader…