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Carbon Literacy Training

Accredited training to learn more about climate change and how you can help

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Carbon Literacy Training


The West Midlands Combined Authority and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are pleased to offer this Carbon Literacy training, freely, to anyone across the West Midlands, as part of the Games’ sustainability ambition to create a carbon neutral legacy for the region.

The Carbon Literacy training has been developed to empower you to make a positive impact on climate change and help to influence others around you to drive action.

You’ll learn about the science behind climate change, how it’s affecting both the world and our region, how you can influence others to take action and what you can do personally.

What's included in the course?

Before you start the first module, you will watch the David Attenborough documentary Climate Change – The Facts’ for a good overview and start to the course.

You will then complete modules 1-3, which are 3 e-learning modules, that you can do in your own time and at your own pace. 

Module 4 is a 2-hour Zoom session, where you will meet other learners and learn how to complete your action plan. 

Your action plan is what will be sent to the Carbon Literacy Project for assessment. 

How long will the course take?

The course total time is 8 hours. This includes watching the documentary, completing the e-learning modules, attending the Zoom session and completing your action plan. 

Your progress will be saved throughout the course, which means you can revisit and pick up where you left off. 

What do I achieve upon completing the course?

On completion of the course and having successfully committed to carbon-reducing actions – you’ll receive accreditation as formally Carbon Literate.

This is a well-recognised certificate, with the Carbon Literacy Project organisation being celebrated by the United Nations as a worldwide Transformative Action Programme.

No previous knowledge or experience is needed to take the course, and we would encourage you to go through each module at your own pace. Or you are welcome to just dip in and learn more about the parts that interest you the most!


Access the training

All the training modules are freely accessible, through WMCA's Learning Pool.

You will need to register to Learning Pool to access the training and for your progress to be saved.

  • Modules 1-3 are e-learning modules that you can go through at your own pace.
  • Once you’ve completed modules 1-3 you can book onto module 4, which shall be delivered over Zoom by volunteer trainers.
  • Book onto your module 4 session, which you must complete in order for your action plan to be sent to the Carbon Literacy Project for assessment.

If the Carbon Literacy Project approve your action plan, you shall be accredited as Carbon Literate and sent your certification.

Module 1

Access the training course here

Share your certificate online and tag West Midlands Combined Authority on Twitter and Linkedin as we would love to see all of you who become Carbon Literate!

Any questions, please email