St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

22 Sep

Learn to ‘Speak Carbon’

Tue 22 Sep 2020–Thu 8 Oct 2020 at All Day


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Book via Eventbrite on our free Tester Course

Last year York declared a Climate Emergency and set a deadline to reduce our carbon emissions to net zero by 2030. We now need empowered York citizens and organisations to get ready to tackle the problems we face as a community. Finding a common language is a good first step.

Anyone can learn to ‘Speak Carbon’. Our accessible and easy to digest courses have been designed so that everyone gets something out of them: from beginners to seasoned campaigners.

‘Speaking Carbon’ allows people, businesses and organisations to understand and communicate effectively around the issues we face and collaborate on finding solutions together. Climate change and increasing greenhouse gas emissions are having an impact on our lives already, be it through extreme weather events or health impacts of air pollution. At the same time we need to build back a more resilient and kinder city to recover from the pandemic.

How we talk about all these issues affects people’s ability to act. ‘Speak Carbon’ is about telling positive stories around the Climate Emergency using online story-telling labs. These help build carbon literacy: ‘ the knowledge and capacity required to create a positive shift in how humankind lives, works and behaves in response to climate change.’

Speak Carbon is working in conjunction with the Carbon Literacy Project, St Nicks and the emerging Seed Network to turn York into a Carbon Literate City – ready to tackle the Climate Emergency, build back better and become the ancestors our future generations need us to be.


Book via Eventbrite on our free Tester Course

In order to get our material perfect, trainer Peter Watkins is running some test sessions on Zoom free of charge, with the support of St Nicks, York’s centre for nature and green living. Choose the date/s and time/s that suit you:

  • Session 1 – The Science: Tue 22nd 10am-12 pm or Thur 24th September 7-9pm
  • Session 2 – The Impact: Tue 29th September 10am-12pm or Thur 1st October 7-9pm
  • Session 3 – Our Action: Tue 6th October 10am-12pm or Thur 8th October 7-9pm

You will get all the learning of a full course, just not the Carbon Literacy certificate.

The full course programme will start on 19th October and will be split into three two hour sessions delivered on Zoom. There is some flexibility on offer by booking individually but we will offer a pack price for booking all the sessions together. Learners who have completed all three, i.e. a days’ worth of Carbon Literacy training, will be certified as ‘Carbon Literate’.


  • Individual sessions: £25 each; Carbon Literacy certificate issued after the third session
  • 3-session course: £60; Carbon Literacy certificate included.

A booking link will follow soon.


A little about the trainer, Peter Watkins:

I’ve run a coffee enterprise in South London for 12 years. We were early adopters of compostable packaging and sustainable coffee buying but I was always keen to do more around sustainability and environmental impact.

Over recent years much of my energy has been focused on bringing up my two children into the world. I sold the business and moved the family to York in 2018. This journey had a profound impact on the urgency I felt to tackle the Climate Emergency declared nationally and specifically in York. I decided to focus all the skills I had acquired running my little coffee enterprise on fighting carbon emissions and to be a part of delivering a more sustainable planet for the future generations relying on us to take action.

I am currently undertaking an MSc in Sustainability and Behaviour Change at the Centre for Alternative Technology. I am also a member of the Seed Transitional Network who are creating a framework to realise net zero carbon by 2030 in York and minimum of net zero carbon in the UK by 2050. I’ve recently finished my carbon literacy training with the Carbon Literacy Project and am keen to share my skills.

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