Climate change is one of the most significant challenges facing humanity today. In response to the urgent need for climate action, Exeter University commissioned a comprehensive Carbon Literacy course, developed by Marshall elearning.
The course aims to raise awareness, educate, and empower individuals to become climate advocates and play a crucial role in combatting climate change. This case study explores the significance of carbon literacy, the course objectives, and a summary of its content.
The Carbon Literacy course is structured into 10 modules, each addressing different aspects of climate change and its implications:
- Introduction to Climate Change
Addresses the immediate climate and environment emergency, emphasising its visible impacts in the UK and globally
- The Science Bit
Explores the scientific processes behind climate change to build a foundational understanding
- Impacts of Climate Change
Highlights the real and visible effects of climate change on weather patterns and ecosystems
- Forecasting the Future
Presents possible future scenarios, urging proactive measures to mitigate consequences
- Emissions and Climate Equity
Addresses disparities in emissions production and the impact on climate equity, giving rise to local activists
- UK Government Strategy, Green Recovery, and Activism
Examines the UK government’s strategies and legislation and the role of environmental campaigners and eco-activists
- The Role of Organisations and the University
Focusses on organizations’ impact on climate, including the concept of “greenwashing,” and the University of Exeter’s efforts
- My Footprint
Helps learners understand their carbon footprints and dispels misconceptions about certain choices
- What Can We Do?
An interactive workshop-style module encouraging peer engagement and exploring behavioural choices and influence
- Quiz and Pledges
Concludes the course with an end-of-course quiz and encourages participants to make climate pledges.
As learners progress through the 10 modules, they acquire a holistic understanding of climate change, its impacts, and the role of individuals, organizations, and governments in addressing the crisis. The course fosters a sense of responsibility and encourages active engagement with peers, promoting a collective effort towards a sustainable future.
Furthermore, the inclusion of additional resources in each module allows participants to explore specific areas of interest and relevance, deepening their understanding and commitment to making a positive impact.