Carbon Conversations

Carbon Conversations were a series of six engaging meetings in which participants address climate change in a different way, focusing on values, emotions, lifestyle and identity as well as the basic facts of carbon emissions.

How does it work?

Led by trained volunteer facilitators, groups of between six and eight people meet in homes, community centres, workplaces or other venues. The six two-hour meetings engage people both emotionally and practically, helping them make environmental savings. Members explore the basic climate change problem, their responses to it, their ideas for a low-carbon future and the four key areas of the footprint – home energy, travel, food and other consumption.

What are the benefits?

Most members make reductions of 1 tonne CO2 during the meetings and develop plans to halve their footprints over a longer period.

Carbon Conversations featured in the Guardian as one of the 20 best climate change solutions.  Carbon Conversations also featured in Cambridge Matters. Click here to read the full article (PDF)

Here’s what our participants say:

“The course facilitators were excellent; very knowledgeable and created a supportive and non-judgmental environment. The focus on how we feel about the different aspects of our lives that impact, or would be impacted by, climate change made for some really interesting discussions and intense visualisations, which have made me think about climate change at a different level.”

“ All extremely helpful and enjoyable, too. Through the discussions and books etc our knowledge broadened and we also met a group of very interesting and like-minded people. Would highly recommend the course to friends and family – and do!”

Carbon Conversations are taking a temporary break.

Click here for information on one of our previous Carbon Conversations courses beginning March 2015.

 

Related activities

The national Carbon Conversations project is now being managed by The Surefoot Effect. Enquiries about Carbon Conversations nationally should now be directed to them.