Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Carbon Conversations in Edinburgh

You may already know from reading the 'About me' section of my blog that I am trained volunteer facilitator for Carbon Conversations which is a six-session course in personal sustainability which encourages people to get together over a cup of tea to discuss practical ways of reducing their carbon footprint. The Carbon Conversations programme allows individuals to explore their hopes and concerns in a friendly, supportive and relaxed way.

Myself and a group of trained facilitators are recruiting for participants for Carbon Conversations discussion groups to run in Edinburgh, starting autumn 2012. The courses will cost £15 (to cover the cost of the Carbon Conversations handbook) plus the cost of any venue hire, and will run over 6 sessions. Each session will last 2 hours and take place on a weekday evening.

The course uses professionally designed, reliable materials to cover climate change basics, ideas for a low-carbon future and the five key areas of the footprint – home energy, travel, food, resource consumption and waste.

The reasons I like Carbon Conversations and believe that it is effective are:
1) It focuses on the positives; what can be done, what you can do. Much current environmental action is based around the negatives and the doom and gloom, which to many people is discouraging and unfortunately increasing being ignored. 

2) I'm a big believer in personal responsibility. This doesn't excuse the governments, corporations, business etc, far from it, but on the other hand taking personal responsibility for the way you live can be incredibly empowering and also you can lead by example and once one starts others follow and then pressure builds on the governments to match and put in the infrastructure to support and eventually social conventions start to follow suit as well. 

3) This is one of the few tools to fighting climate change which recognises and addresses the frightful nature of climate change. Climate change and all its consequences are really scary and whether you know nothing or everything about it, it is a hard concept to cope with and a very real and legitimate emotion to feel.
4) Finally as an environmentalist, its important to take care of yourself, for its not easy being one. For example walking into a supermarket can cause a mental break down; trying to buy some fruit which is not organic, but local, but out of season...etc...therefore sometimes its needed to take a break and talk with others and feel that you are not alone; they're other people do care as much as you do. 

If you would like to find out more or to express an interest in participating in one of the courses, please get in touch with me (through the comments section - these will not be made public and I will reply by personal email), giving your:
● name
● contact details (email and/or phone)
● any preference for which weekday evenings would work best for you

For more information about Carbon Conversations please click here.

Did you know that Carbon Conversations featured in The Guardian's 2009 'Manchester Report' as one of the best 20 ways to respond to climate change?

1 comment:

  1. I think these Carbon Conversations are pretty great! The number 2 item on the list is something I strongly agree with. It’s great that companies and businesses are looking into investing in renewable energy and getting involved in carbon credits, but that doesn’t mean that we as individuals should rest on those laurels. We also have a responsibility to help clean up our surroundings. The more people that get involved, whether individually or through big companies caring about and for the environment, the better, and the quicker we’ll be able to help the earth.

    Sabrina Garza