Online only; updated 18/08/21

14 September 2021

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Training alert

Get carbon literate with the NUJ as the world warms

The COP26 logo

The logo of COP26, the twenty-sixth "Conference of the Parties" - of the states that have signed the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

AS WILDFIRES rage and the planet warms, members have another chance to get Carbon Literate - in an accredited online course which spells out the science behind global heating.

With world leaders due to gather in Glasgow for the United Nations COP26 conference on climate change at the end of October, the course is timely. And it chimes with the instruction by the Union's Delegate Meeting to its leadership this year to "educate members about the climate emergency".

London Freelance Branch is hosting training devised by filmmaker, educator and London Freelance Branch member Dr Susi Arnott, in the course Carbon Literacy for Interested People (CLIP).

CLIP is being delivered in four sessions. Learners take Part 1 at their own speed, before Part 2 brings participants together for three hours of group activities (with breaks!) Further independent work in Part 3 prepares for a second group session and certification.

We have added a course. These are the courses available to book now:

  • Friday mornings 24 September and 1 October - register
  • Wednesday afternoons, 29 September and 6 October - register

The CLIP is based around active learning and group work. This includes some science basics of global heating, the greenhouse gases and their sources; some concepts and terminology, from "carbon footprints" to "scopes of emissions"; some jargon-busting; and communicating. Personal and professional angles are included. Cost is £50 to members, or £30 for students.

Natasha Hirst, NUJ Vice President, was half-way through her course when the Freelance caught up with her: she was finding it "valuable, enjoyable and certainly worth attending". She reported that "Susi delivers the content using engaging and interactive group activities and discussions. It's a course like no other!"

Those who successfully complete the course will get a certificate from the Carbon Literacy Project - recognised at the Paris COP21 for its role in educating citizens as the Climate Emergency unfolds.


The course is accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project, which is based in Manchester: home to the industrial revolution, and now to Carbon Literacy itself. Successful learners are certified "Carbon Literate" (an internationally recognised qualification since the United Nations COP21 conference in Paris in 2015).

Please see the registration links at the top of this page. For more information, email Helen Hague, one of the London Freelance Branch Training Officers.

And please also see our evening on climate change reporting: