Not even an attempt at any catch in today's heading. Got very energised yesterday evening at a meeting of the Environmental Advisory Panel ( EAP ). Meetings of the panel are more likely to be described as worthy and perhaps a little earnest rather than exciting, and Carbon Literacy doesn't exactly sound like a theme to set the pulse racing. Let me go back to Manchester's Climate Change Action Plan, Manchester - A Certain Future. The plan is described rightly as a stakeholder plan, because a whole range of individuals and groups were involved in writing it. That includes groups engaged in the EAP who continue to be involved in the delivery of the plan. One of the commitments in A Certain Future was that every Manchester resident should have an entitlement to a day's Carbon literacy training. A couple of members of the panel, Dave Coleman and Phil Korbel have, through a social enterprise company, done some work on this and last night Dave gave a report on the progress they have made.
They have started developing a carbon literacy curriculum, a variety of delivery methods, and a system of validation which they are now just about ready to pilot in various settings around the city. Their approach is for community-based delivery by " real " people ( not tree-huggers, Dave's term, not mine ) and for recognisable accreditation that could be counted for school purposes, as part of apprentice training, as part of work-based in-service training etc, etc . A qualification that would have real value! If it works it will be a way of promoting debate about climate change, people learning about climate change and people doing something about climate change. There are already a number of businesses interested in piloting the approach with their employees, indeed one company is sponsoring the work that has already taken place. There is a real prospect of Manchester being the world's first carbon literate city, and for the city to be a far better place as a result.