Carbon Literacy for museums

Carbon Literacy for museums

Bookings are now open for you to gain Carbon Literacy certification. Training is delivered using the new Carbon Literacy Toolkit for Museums.

All courses are delivered online via Zoom. They are open to museums in the MDY region and throughout the North of England, which are Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation. Priority will be given to non-National museums.

What is Carbon Literacy ?

The Carbon Literacy course will give you an understanding of what climate change is, the scale of its effects, and how museums fit into the global, national and local picture to address climate change.

You become Carbon Literate by making an individual pledge, and an organisational pledge to take back to your museum, of what you can do, and is in your power to achieve, to make a significant difference to your carbon impact.

Who are the courses aimed at?

The courses are for paid staff, volunteers and freelancers who work across all service areas from Accredited Museums or those Working Towards Accreditation in the North of England.

We advise that, where possible, two people from your organisation attend a course for peer support when developing actions.

What does a course involve? 

The courses will be delivered online in modules. In order to become certified as Carbon Literate, you must complete an entire course and submit your individual and organisational pledges. By booking on a Carbon Literacy course, you are committing to undertake 7.5 hours of online training, split over a series of three sessions.

Session 1: Pre-recorded course introduction and the basic science of climate change. Duration 1 hour 30 minutes to be completed independently prior to live sessions via Zoom.

Session 2: Live online training focusing on the impacts of climate change, equity and vulnerability, as well as the roles of museums in tackling the climate crisis and green recovery.

Session 3: Live online training focusing on carbon budgets, the UK and international policy, carbon footprints, action planning, talking about climate change.


What are the course dates and how do I book?

Please remember that to obtain your certification you must be able to:

  • Complete the independent session in the week before the first live session
  • Attend and complete all of the live sessions via Zoom


Carbon Literacy Course July 2022

Session 1: Complete 5 – 11 July

Session 2: 12 July 10am-12.30pm

Session 3: 14 July 10am-11.45am & 1pm-2.45pm

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Carbon Literacy Course September 2022

Session 1: Complete 13 – 19 Sep

Session 2: 20 Sep 10am-12.30pm

Session 3: 22 Sep 10am-11.45am & 1pm-2.45pm

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Carbon Literacy Course November 2022

Session 1: Complete 15 – 21 Nov

Session 2: 22 Nov 10am-12.30pm

Session 3: 24 Nov 10am-11.45am & 1pm-2.45pm

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Carbon Literacy Course January 2023

Session 1: Complete 10 – 16 Jan

Session 2: 17 Jan 10am-12.30pm

Session 3: 19 Jan 10am-11.45am & 1pm-2.45pm

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Once I have Carbon Literacy certification, what next?

The Carbon Literacy Toolkit for Museums is available to all museums in the UK who wish to roll it out in their organisations via The Carbon literacy Project as part of the Roots & Branches project.

We strongly encourage everyone who intends to use the Toolkit within their museum to gain Carbon Literacy certification first.

If you are rolling out the Toolkit within your museums, for non-National museums in England there are Train the Trainer training opportunities and extra support available through your Museum Development team and Alison Criddle, Museum Carbon Literacy Officer at Museum Development North West.

For more information, contact or visit the Carbon Literacy website.