The Climate Literacy element of the Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund award seeks to integrate awareness of climate challenge adaption as an overarching theme across all of the activities and projects within Forward Coupar Angus Development Trust.

This common thread aims to act as a link enabling a range of projects to work together in contributing towards reducing the carbon footprint of Coupar Angus, as a reflection of the Scottish Governments stated commitment of making Scotland Carbon Neutral by 2040 and a global leader in preventing the harmful impacts of Climate Change upon the environment and future of humanity.

Forward Coupar Angus believes raising awareness and providing training can positively encourage members of our community in Coupar Angus to understand the importance of making an individual commitment  towards reducing the impact of climate change. In this respect we have developed a range of resources and training tools aimed at introducing the key principals of Climate Literacy to local people.

We commenced this process via a series of Climate Literacy workshops for members of the Board of Trustees of Forward Coupar Angus, followed by incrementally extending the Climate Literacy programme sessions out to other groups in the community,  including those in the neighbouring town of Blairgowrie & Rattray. We also successfully developed a Climate School for younger people providing interesting activities to engage in during school holiday periods.

All of our Climate Literacy activities are designed to raise people’s aware of Climate Change issues and provide guidance upon ways to reduce individual carbon footprints.

As an integrated component of our Climate Challenge Fund award, Forward Coupar Angus is developing an accredited qualification in Climate Literacy at SQA Level 3. Once accredited, the SQA qualification will be available for a range of organisations who are accredited SQA centres, such as schools, FE colleges and accredited vocational training centres. The training programme seeks to explain the causes and consequences of Climate Change and to highlight the difference people can make by adopting carbon reduction behaviours.

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