Carbon Literacy

Do you want to grow your knowledge and awareness of carbon and climate, and develop skills to take positive action in your role within the museum sector?

Museum Development North will be delivering Carbon Literacy courses using the Carbon Literacy for Museums Toolkit, made possible through the Roots & Branches project.

What is a Carbon Literacy course? 
The Carbon Literacy for Museums course will give you a baseline understanding of what climate change is, the scale of its impacts, and how museums fit into the global, national and local picture to address climate change. It considers how museums are being affected and explores the roles we can play as individuals and as organisations to take action to reduce carbon and positively influence others. You become Carbon Literate by developing actions to make a significant difference to a carbon impact within your museum working.

Who are the courses aimed at? 
These free courses are for staff, volunteers and freelancers who work across all service areas from Accredited Museums or those Working Towards Accreditation in England. We advise that, where possible, two people from your organisation attend a course for peer support when developing actions and sharing your learnings with your colleagues. Priority of course places will be given to non-national museums.

Is it right for me?  
Carbon Literacy for Museums training is a tried and tested model of delivery that gives delegates a baseline level of understanding of the climate crisis and how they, as people working and volunteering in the museum sector, can accelerate their action to respond to the climate crisis.

The training has been designed with museum staff and volunteers in mind and supports learners to identify their agency to enact significant, achievable change within their workplace to reduce carbon emissions, and to use their platforms to positively influence their audiences and communities.

It has been co-created and reviewed by museums and sector organisations, ensuring it is a practical and relevant resource to support your environmental responsibility goals. From December 2021-March 2024, over 1,300 people have undertaken Carbon Literacy for Museums training.

What does a course involve?  
Courses will be delivered in modules. In order to become certified as Carbon Literate, you must complete a course in sequence and submit your individual and organisational actions. By booking on a Carbon Literacy course, you are committing to undertake 7.5 hours of training, split over a series of three sessions. Courses are delivered by Museum Development colleagues and sector freelancers, through a peer-to-peer delivery model.

Session 1 
Pre-recorded course introduction and the basic science of climate change. Duration 1 hour 30 minutes to be completed independently prior to live online sessions.

Session 2 
Live online training focussing on the impacts of climate change, equity and vulnerability, as well as the roles of museums in responding to the climate crisis.

Session 3  
Live online training focussing on global, UK and sector policies, carbon budgets and footprints, sector insights, action planning and communicating about climate change.

When are the course dates and how do I book? 
Courses will run throughout 2024-2026. Course listings can be found here and will be updated as new course dates are announced.