Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland

Carbon Literacy course

Second round running through June 2023

MASTS- focused carbon Literacy Course

In January 2023, the MASTS Marine Climate Change Forum launched a new training course, accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project, to improve awareness and knowledge of climate change and its impacts within the marine science community. The Forum worked with Keep Scotland Beautiful to design this course to enable you to identify practical actions you can take to be a climate-ocean advocate and encourage others to be the same. The second round of this course is now open for registration (limited to 12 participants).

“Climate-Smarts for Marine Scientists” explores climate science, the impacts of climate change and the need for adaptation, national and international climate policies and mitigation, and taking climate action. On completion on the course, we aim to have increased participants’ confidence in talking about climate change and enabled them to take action to help address this global issue. 

What is Carbon Literacy?

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

What’s Required?

The course will be spread over four 2-hour sessions across four weeks, with some small homework tasks in between.

Dates for Course 2: June 2023. The course will be online.

  • Session 1: 10am Thursday 8th June 2023  
  • Session 2: 10am Thursday 15th June 2023
  • Session 3: 10am Thursday 22nd June 2023
  • Session 4: 10am Thursday 29th June 2023

Course fee: £25, this includes the admin fee from Keep Scotland Beautiful for the certification you will receive upon completion.

The course is first come first served, and we will have a waiting list as we confirm those who have registered

Why Have A Marine Climate Literacy Course?

MASTS are running such a course in order to provide up-to-date information about marine climate science and impacts, in order to allow participants to ask the right questions and be given the power and agency to recognise their role and the role of their employer in moving towards a low-carbon society. The goal is to discover the power of behavioural change and to promote the motivation to take climate action in ways that are most suited to that individual’s personal and work-related circumstances.

The course will be taught by a variety of MASTS Climate Change Forum members who are experienced, knowledgeable and informed about climate change. 

Who is the course for?

The course is targeted at the MASTS community, so research leaders, marine science university educators and PGR students at MASTS partner institutions here. Ideally, we would love to see cohorts include a breadth of career stages from PhD upwards. 

Who will deliver the course?

  • Dr Bee Berx (Marine Scotland Science) – lead
  • Prof. Jo Porter (Heriot Watt University)
  • Dr Sylvia Malagoli (Strathclyde University)
  • Jack Sheehy (Heriot Watt University)
  • Chrissy Onay (MASTS)
  • Dr Emma Defew (MASTS)
  • and Keep Scotland Beautiful
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