Distance Learning

The Award-winning Carbon Literacy Project aims to ensure that every citizen receives at least one day’s worth of learning so that they understand the links between human activity and climate change while empowering individuals, communities and organisations to take action to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Carbon Literacy is:

“An awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual, community and organisational basis.”

Who Should Attend

This distance online course is suitable for those in a position to lead, organise or support others. This could be senior managers and teams leaders, board members or trustees, support workers or volunteers. It is best suited for groups from a single organisation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion, you should be able to:

– Locate and use information to explain global warming and climate change.

– Describe and analyse the consequences for you, your organisation, or community

– Identify personal and group actions that you can take to make a positive difference

– Know where to go for further help


Course Duration and Commitment

Duration across one week: The course takes place across one week, combining self-directed study with facilitated sessions held on Zoom with your course tutor and fellow students.

Self-directed study 4-6 hours: Throughout the course you will receive three coursebooks to complete before each facilitated session. Your first course books will arrive on the Thursday evening before your course is due to start on the Monday and this can be completed in your own time.

Facilitated sessions 4 hours: It is important to attend the three facilitated sessions to reflect on the learning, explore and analyse the topics in more detail and to ensure you achieve your Carbon Literacy certification.


Sample timetable: Download the Carbon Literacy lesson plan

“Course was well delivered – good videos and supporting info”

“I gained a better understanding of climate change and what needs to be done NOW! Enjoyed the presentation and group work.”

“A good balance between presentation and group work. The tutor was likable and engaging.”

“A valuable course that gave me all the tools I needed to disarm climate skeptics and convey the utter madness of inaction. Motivating and empowering, time truly well spent.”


About Distance Learning – Course Requirements

The majority of the study involves self-directed learning with the aid of your course books provided by your tutor. They will include suggested reading, links to further examples and research as well as links to videos to watch.

The course will also includes two interactive sessions (Monday and Thursday) with your course-tutor and fellow students. Both sessions are essential to achieving your certification and typically last 1-2 hours.

To participate in the online distance learning course you will need access to a computer with an mic and where possible a video camera. We are currently using Zoom for the open sessions, so please check you are able to access this on your computer before booking the course.


Upcoming Dates

All course can be found on our training and events web page.



Non members £95 plus VAT* per person plus £10 certification fee

Members £85 plus VAT* per person plus £10 certification fee

In-house team training is available on request – please see our main Carbon Literacy page.



On successful completion of the course, all participants will receive a certificate from the Carbon Literacy Trust and join a growing movement of linked individuals across the world who understand the basic science of climate change and are able to make rational, informed decisions about how we respond.


About the Tutor

Rhodri Thomas is the Principal Sustainability Consultant and training lead at Cynnal Cymru. Rhodri is educated to Masters level in Environmental Management and has a Professional Graduate Certificate (PGCE) in Adult Education & Training and is currently the only certified Carbon Literacy trainer in Wales.


The Carbon Literacy Project aims to give everyone the opportunity to explore what the reality of climate change means for them in their home life and work life.  Equipped with the facts on how human activity, climate and natural systems are inter-related, individuals, communities and organisations are helped to take action to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses.

Cynnal Cymru is the official partner of the Carbon Literacy Project in Wales.  We offer certified Carbon Literacy training.