Online only: more dates added 04/10/21

Training alert

As the world heats, get carbon-literate for £30

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

LONDON FREELANCE Branch member Dr Susi Arnott's acclaimed online Carbon Literacy for Interested People (CLIP) course is perfectly timed in the run up to the United Nations COP26 conference on climate change, which starts in Glasgow at the end of October. Some LFB members have already benefited from the course this summer. And we have more courses coming soon.

Now as evidence of global heating in rarely out of the news, the Branch is offering CLIP Course online again, twice, and we've reduced the price.

Now NUJ members can join for just £30 and student members for just £10. So book soon to avoid disappointment:

  • Tuesday afternoons, 19 October and 26 October - register
  • Thursday afternoons, 21 October and 28 October - register
  • Friday mornings, 22 October and 29 October - register

The course combines individual study before and between two data-rich sessions held online, led by film-maker and educator Dr Arnott. It 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, and discussion among participants encouraged.

Successful learners are certified "Carbon Literate" (an internationally recognised qualification since the United Nations COP21 conference in Paris in 2015).

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.

And please also see our evening on climate change reporting:


If you are interested in honing your data skills to research stories, the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is offering courses . The latest batch were selling fast, so check out the CIJ website and sign up to get alerts for futures courses if the one you fancy has sold out.

And finally, when meetings return to people in a room not n the end of a zoom call, , distinguished veteran crime journalist Duncan Campbell will be running a training session on crime and court reporting for branch members. Keep an eye on the Branch Twitter feed and for updates.

Carbon literacy certification

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.